Understanding the entire data lifecycle enables a researcher to plan ahead, make informed decisions, and best set up their research project so collected data can more easily be published and made accessible.
This guide provides contextual information; including standards, guidelines, and resources for more comprehensive information; to help researchers learn and understand how data documentation, organization, storage, and sharing are critical pieces to effective research data management.
Due to current federal mandates, researchers are now required to take additional steps in organizing and documenting their data so that data produced by federally funded research projects are prepared to be published openly to meet grant requirements. These steps are interwoven into existing workflows that researchers likely already perform, however, extra care has to be given so that the data can be discovered and used by other interested parties and stakeholders.
Librarians are well practiced in organizing and presenting information. Members of the KnightScholar Services Team can assist researchers in the following ways:
Contact the KnightScholar Services Team by using the form located below. It’s most helpful and appreciated if researchers make contact early in the research project so team members can best advise, learn about the research project, and conduct any further investigation.
Did you know that data has a lifecycle, and it starts with planning? Keep your data safe for future use by learning to identify the different data lifecycle stages, as well as the important elements that need to be addressed in each stage, and at what stages the services that the KnightScholar team offers are best suited, below.
(credit: Data Management Life Cycle from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Why manage research data?
In addition, well managed and documented data make it easier to write up research results for publication.
Advantages to planning your research data management practices in advance
Advantages to publishing your datasets
More generally, sharing data:
(credit: Princeton Research Data Service)
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