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What is a Lesson?
Lessons are education materials publically available to support skillbuiliding of best data management practices. Lessons can include pdf and powerpoint slide decks, handouts, and supporting exercises and data that you can download and incorporate into your teaching materials. Materials are licensed as CC0 and you may enhance and reuse for your own purposes. In many cases slides can be previewed in the embedded slideshare viewer. We also provide one-page synopses (with space for contact information) that can be used to promote Data Management training events at your institution.
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What is the “Describe” stage?
Document data by describing the why, who, what, when, where, and how of the data. Metadata, or data about data, are key to data sharing and reuse, and many tools such as standards and software are available to help describe data.
More information can be found in the Best Practices Primer.
Why data management?
As rapidly changing technology enables researchers to collect large, complex datasets with relative ease, the need to effectively manage these data increases in kind. This is the first lesson in a series of education modules intended to provide a broad ... (click for more)Data sharing
When first sharing research data, researchers often raise questions about the value, benefits, and mechanisms for sharing. Many stakeholders and interested parties, such as funding agencies, communities, other researchers, or members of the public may b... (click for more)Metadata
What is metadata? Metadata is data (or documentation) that describes and provides context for data and it is everywhere around us. Metadata allows us to understand the details of a dataset, including: where it was collected, how it was collected, what... (click for more)Data citation
Data citation is a key practice that supports the recognition of data creation as a primary research output rather than as a mere byproduct of research. Providing reliable access to research data should be a routine practice, similar to the practice of ... (click for more)