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What is Research Data Management?

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A systematic and planned approach to the entire life cycle of scholarly data: from collection, creation, and/or observation to documentation, storage, and sharing.

Image credit: Ainsley Seago, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779.g001

Why Would You Want to Manage Your Research Data?

Many federal and private funders require applicants to include a data management plan (DMP) in award proposals. Some scholarly publishers also require authors to make raw data available to all non-commercial users. There are numerous benefits to actively managing research data.

Well-managed data can be shared because it is: Researchers benefit from well-managed, open data because:
machine readable findings may be validated through replication by other scholars
available in its entirety existing work serves as a foundation for subsequent research, through alternative analysis or through mining of multiple data sets
inexpensive to obtain (or even free) data sets are another means of promoting and disseminating scholarly work
organized in a readily interpretable manner awareness of existing data helps scholars avoid unnecessary duplicate work
easily manipulated by popular software packages little or no explanation is required when other researchers wish to obtain and/or use the data
preserved, ideally through multiple copies in multiple locations  

The Perils of Poor Data Management


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Jen Bonnet
5729 Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5729

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