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Research Data Management: Data Protection

Data Protection and policy at NUI Galway

  • Research data should be managed in line with NUI Galway Data Protection, Data Classification and Data Handling policies. 
  • Researchers must obtain and retain appropriate consent for the use of personal/sensitive personal data. Proof of consent should be available for audit as long as the University retains the data.
  • The legitimate interests of the subjects of research data must be protected as defined in legislation for the period for which University retains the data.

Read the Research Data Management Policy at NUI Galway

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

NUI Galway Data Protection Website explains how the University manages information in line with the Data Protection Acts and GDPR

Learn more about...

  • legal and ethical issues including informed consent, anonymisation and controlling access to data from the UK Data Service
  • data protection, rights and access from MANTRA a free online course from EDINA at the University of Edinburgh
  • The GDPR Portal is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • GDPR and implications for researchers on webinar from Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) 


"Anonymisation is a valuable tool that allows data to be shared, whilst preserving privacy. The process of anonymising data requires that identifiers are changed in some way such as being removed, substituted, distorted, generalised or aggregated." UK Data Service

For information and guidance on both qualitative and quantitative anonymisation please refer to the following resources: 

Advice on anonymisation from the UK Data Service 

Guidance on how to De-identifying your data (Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Amnesia is a data anonymization tool, that allows you to remove identifying information from data. Amnesia not only removes direct identifiers like names, SSNs etc but also transforms secondary identifiers like birth date and zip code so that individuals cannot be identified in the data. It is available as a desktop software and an online tool.

UKAN UK Anonymisation Network who provide information and support about anonymisation to anyone who handles personal data and needs to share it.

ISSDA (Irish Social Science Data Archive) slides from Anonymisation workshop  (22 June 2016) relating to social research, quantitative and qualitative data.

IQDA Qualitative Data Anonymizer Tool and other resources for researchers.


  • Data Protection
    • Peter Feeney, Data Protection Officer
    • Phone: 00353 91 493673
    • Email:
  • Data protection queries
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