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Why should research data be managed?

Planning for your data management needs at the start of your project will save you time and resources in the long run.

  • Preserve your data: Damaged drives, new operating systems and upgraded software can render your data useless, while you still need it.
  • Increase your research efficiency: Have you ever had a hard time understanding the data that you or your colleagues have collected? Documenting your data throughout its life cycle saves time because it ensures that in the future you and others will be able to understand and use it.
  • Document and explain your data: Managing and documenting your data throughout its life cycle ensures that the integrity and proper description of your data are maintained.
  • Meet grant requirements: Many funding agencies and journal publishers now require that researchers retain and properly archive data which they collect as part of a research project. Some also require that the data is made accessible externally.

Research Data Management at USC Full Guide

HNE420 Data Management presentation

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