University Research and Management of Records

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Research Records and Management of Records.

I am in Research. How should I manage our Research Records? 

The following resources are available to assist with the management of research records. The minimum retention is 7 years from the end of the study. If departments would like to keep records longer, please contact the University Records Officer to draft a retention schedule which will complement the Data Management Plan and give direction in the time frame and requirements for management of records.

Research Records – Slides from Presentation given to Research community.

Please refer to the UW- Madison Policy on Data Stewardship, Access and Retention and Retention schedule for Research and Data Records.

For Preferred, Acceptable and Acceptable for Imminent Transfer File Format for storage of electronic information see National Archives Appendix A: Tables of File Formats.