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Research Data Management: Data Management Best Practices

This guide provides information about managing research data in any discipline.

Best Practices

Data management best practices enable researchers to properly organize, document, and store research data files, resulting in more easily discoverable and reusable data, while addressing funding agency requirements for transparency and reproducibility of research methods. Use the Table of Contents at left or the tab drop-down menu above to see a quick list of best practices by topic.  There are also many resources online to assist the researcher in learning these best practices; links to major resources are provided throughout this section.

Guides to Data Management Processes and Best Practices

UC Santa Barbara Library 

  • Data Management Best Practices Checklist
    A checklist designed to help you evaluate your data management activities within your research projects by providing a list of common data management best practices

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)

  • DataONE Best Practices
    A list of tips for effectively managing research data at all steps of the data life cycle

Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Michigan State University

 University of Massachusetts Medical School


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