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Why Data Management?
If you are generating and/or using data in your research, a well-thought out approach to data management will save you time and frustration, maximize the impact of your work, and is an important component of the responsible conduct of scholarship. A data management plan can help you:
- Conduct research efficiently by analysing your data practices
- Simplify the use and reuse of your data through proper documentation and application of standards
- Increase your research visibility by publishing your datasets and documentation in repositories
- Meet funding agency, legal and ethical requirements for dissemination and documentation of your research
- Preserve and provide access to your data in the long term, allowing future scholars to build on your work
Data: more than numbers
Data can be any systematic collection of information that can be analyzed. In addition to numerical data in various formats, research data also includes:
- audio files
- physical collections
- raster files
These and more can be considered data when they have been structured and properly documented for analysis. If you have questions about how to format your non-numerical information please consult your librarian.