What are research data?
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
“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:
What is Research Data Management?
The management of data throughout the scholarly life cycle --
from creation to preservation and to possible re-use.
One View of the 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
Got Data? Research Data Management at Smith College: Liberal Arts Lunch Presentation