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What is the “Preserve” stage?
Plan to preserve data in the short term to minimize potential losses (e.g., via accidents), and in the long term so that project stakeholders and others can access, interpret, and use the data in the future. Decide what data to preserve, where to preserve it, and what documentation needs to accompany the data. Map out the processes and resources for the entire Data Life Cycle.
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)Data quality control and assurance
Quality assurance and quality control are phrases used to describe activities that prevent errors from entering or staying in a data set. These activities ensure the quality of the data before it is collected, entered, or analyzed, as well as actively ... (click for more)Protecting your data
There are several important elements to digital preservation, including data protection, backup and archiving. In this lesson, these concepts are introduced and best practices are highlighted with case study examples of how things can go wrong. Explorin... (click for more)