A research repository is an archive of research and/or deliverables.
Research repositories are efficient tools that serve as data storage spaces, a means to organise and categorise a vast range of research materials, and a platform for swift and efficient communication across your teams.
Introduction to research repository management
We create a searchable database of deliverables so that you are able to find and review past research and documentation. These databases consist of insight reports, user personas, user journey maps, interview transcripts, surveys, and other outputs from research activities.
What is research repository management, and why is it important?
A research repository is a centralised digital archive or storage system where research-related documentation is managed. Research repositories serve as accessible databases that contain research artefacts which create a shared understanding of past projects and can guide opportunities for future research.
The role of research repository management
Research repositories facilitate knowledge sharing, support collaboration, and provide references for future decision-making.
Benefits of research repository management
Research repositories enable teams to track version history, preserve valuable research insights and continue to make data-driven design decisions. Research repositories also provide a sense of transparency, allowing teams to easily access all documentation with ease. You may also wish to integrate other platforms, such as project management tools, to enhance and broaden the repository.
The 5 stages of research repository management
Stage 1: Identification and gathering of research
Firstly, we identify which previous projects need to be included in the archive. If working with the client over a long period of time, we will confirm with the client how far back we should document. We then gather previous research and deliverables and adjustment of format where applicable.
Stage 2: Identify platform for archive
This stage should be decided with the client. The archive can be held on an external platform (research into these platforms are below) which allows for a greater level of tagging and search. Alternatively this archive may exist on the client’s pre-existing server.
Stage 3: Naming and tagging
Next, we confirm naming conventions and ensure all files follow them. If using a repository service, we confirm a tagging system.
Stage 4: Creation of shared archive
We then upload and organise all relevant assets within the archive before ensuring the tagging system is followed.
Stage 5: Ownership and ongoing management
Lastly, we agree with the client whether ownership (and any associated fees) of the archive will be transferred to them or if they would like Make it Clear to manage this for them on an ongoing basis.
We provide an archive of research artefacts from existing projects that can either be transferred or managed by Make it Clear.
Why choose Make it Clear
At Make it Clear, we take an evidence-based approach to everything we do. Understanding your organisation, audiences, and the context in which they interact is paramount to the way we work and deliver a best-in-class user experience.