Resources for managing your research data.
Research data comes in a variety of formats, shapes, and sizes. Managing research data is a must when it appears that research funders will soon require that research data be stored in an open format for reuse and review. However, a funder mandate is not the only reason researchers should undertake research data management (RDM).
Including plans for research data management at the start of your research project can make your data administration easier throughout the research lifecycle.
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What is research data?
Research data is any of the following:
Facts, measurements, recordings, records, or observations about the world collected by scientists and others, with a minimum of contextual interpretation. Data may be any format or medium taking the form of writings, notes, numbers, symbols, text, images, films, video, sound recordings, pictorial reproductions, drawings, designs or other graphical representations, procedural manuals, forms, diagrams, work flow charts, equipment descriptions, data files, data processing algorithms, or statistical records. (from the Original RDC Glossary).
What is research data management?
Research data management refers to the storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation. RDM practices cover the entire lifecycle of the data, from planning the investigation to conducting it, and from backing up data as it is created and used to long term preservation of data deliverables after the research investigation has concluded. Specific activities and issues that fall within the category of RDM include:
(adapted from The CASRAI Dictionary)
Why is research data management important?
RDM is an integral component of the research process. An increasing number of funding agencies have been advocating that grant recipients make their research data as accessible as possible, including the Tri-Agency with the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles for Digital Data Management. It is anticipated that the Tri-Agencies will soon mandate the sharing of research data as evidenced by the release of the DRAFT Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy for Consultation.
RDM benefits both researchers and society. For researchers, good research data management:
For society, RDM: