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Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide discusses several stages of data management:


      And there are 

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This guide is heavily modeled on the excellent data management guide at Rutgers.

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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: 


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:

  • video
  • audio files
  • photographs/slides
  • text
  • physical collections
  • charts
  • raster files
  • graphs

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.


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