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Welcome to the Data Management, Curation and Archiving Research Guide. This guide is
intended primarily for researchers and data librarians to facilitate the management, sharing
and archiving of their data. This guide covers a rapidly changing large and complex topic.
We will regularly update, correct and add information and tools to the guide. Please let us
know if you do not find what you need, feel that some information or concepts are incorrect,
or want to add information from your field of research. Also, you may want to check back
periodically for updates.
As research data librarians, we are here to help you:
Create data management plans for grant proposals
Manage, curate and archive your data.
Maximize the usefulness of your data.
Increase the lifespan of your data.
Manage sharing of your data.
Prepare your data for archiving.
Collaborate with you in creating innovative new ways to share your data.
This Research Guide should give you the necessary background and tools to better
manage your data. We also hope it will help you in understanding what supporting
information (metadata) will help increase the usability, understandability and longevity of
your data.
Please do not hesitate to contact the research data librarian specializing in your field of
research foir more information or assistance.
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Why Manage Your Data?
The rapid increase in the use of digital formats for data has allowed data to be shared
more easily among researchers. Often this sharing is between close collaborators, but data
is also increasingly being made open for anyone to use. There are many benefits to
sharing data. Shared data can...
be combined to answer otherwise unanswerable questions
Recent advancements in Alzheimer's research made possible by making
data open for use. (NY Times arcticle)
be reused in unexpected ways
be used to plan new studes
help avoid repeating studies
help avoid repeating mistakes
allow data to be audited
Although there are many benefits to digital data, there are also potential problems.
First, digital formats can quickly become obsolete, corrupted or otherwise lost
(Digital Dark Age).
Average life expectancy for born digital data has been estimated to be as
short as five years.
We are already losing vast amounts of data.
While digital data is easily shared, finding data without firsthand knowledge of its
existence is difficult.
Understanding data without the participation of its creator is often impossible.
Researchers are often poorly positioned to manage and curate their data.
Researchers are focused on using data for publishing results.
Researchers usually have no background in digital preservation or data
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Digital Data Management, Curation and Archiving
A guide primarily geared toward researchers and data librarians.
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