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Why Manage Your Data?
3 Reasons why managing your data is important:
- Save Time:
- Properly managed data is more quickly and easily found when needed in the course of your research.
- Many data sets can only be collected once. Managing your data can help prevent loss of the entire experiment through human error, machine error or natural disaster.
- Meet Funder and Journal Requirements:
- Many funders require specific data management practices.
- Journals are starting to require that researchers make accessible the data underlying their results.
- Facilitate New Discoveries:
- Well organized and openly shared data is more likely to be cited and re-used by future researchers.
Data Management Basics
Basic Steps for Managing Your Data
- Back up your data
- Have at least three current copies of your data.
- The different copies should be on different types of hardware.
- If possible have one copy in the cloud.
- Document your data
- Describe the experiment
- Carefully document the equipment, the settings, protocols and procedures used to gather the data. Make sure to record any deviations in the set up.
- Write out how data was transformed from raw to derivative form.
- If the data was cleaned at any point, explain how.
- Use non-proprietary data formats
- Organize your data and use version control
Digital Archivist/Assistant Professor