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Research Data Management (RDM): Basics

Research Guide

Data Defined

What are research data?

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Research Data encompass 

"...facts, observations, images, computer program results, recordings, measurements or experiences on which an argument, theory, test or hypothesis, or another research output is based.  Data may be numerical, descriptive, visual or tactile.  It may be raw, cleaned or processed, and may be held in any format or media."

 

 

Definition Source:  Queensland University of Technology. Management of Research Data Policy, D/2.8.3.  
http://www.mopp.qut.edu.au/D/D_02_08.jsp  Accessed 2015-08-24

Image Source:  By W.Rebel (Own work) CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABinaryData50.png

Why Data Matter

 

From Kepler using Tycho Brahe’s data to build a heliocentric model of the solar system, to the birth of statistical quantum mechanics, to Darwin’s theory of evolution, to the modern theory of the gene, every major scientific revolution has been driven by one thing, and that is data.”

John Quackenbush, Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Harvard School of Public Health

 

 

Shaw, Jonathan.  Why "Big Data" Is a Big Deal:  Information science promises to change the world.  2014.  Harvard Magazine [Internet].  [cited 2015 September 14];  March-April:  Available from: 
http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/03/why-big-data-is-a-big-deal

Data Management Definition and Life Cycle

What is Research Data Management?

The management of data throughout the scholarly lifecycle --
from creation to preservation and to possible re-use.

 

One View of the Data Life Cycle

 

Data life cycle

 

See DataONE for full explanation of all these stages.  

 

Additional Life Cycle Depictions

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Alliance:  Research Life Cycle
ICPSR:  Best Practice Throughout the Data Life Cycle (See Figure 1)
UK Data Archive

 

 

Image Source:  Courtesy of DataONE:  Best Practices

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