Lewis Library provides consultation services to help you navigate available resources throughout the data lifecycle. Contact us or your Library Liaison to schedule an appointment.
Why is Data Management Important?
It is worthwhile and timesaving to effectively manage data from the beginning of your project. Many funding agencies have data requirements and there is federal policy regarding open data. In fact, National Institutes of Health awards post-January 25, 2023 are required to align with the Data Management and Sharing Policy. This means creating and implementing a Data Management and Sharing plan for scientific data. Knowing how to manage and share your data throughout its life-cycle will save time and safeguard against catastrophic loss in the future.
Clearly documented data provides evidence for your research in conjunction with your published results. Describing data effectively can help you find or interpret older research data. Sharing data also promotes new discoveries and research, increasing the your research impact with additional citations.
This quick five-minute video reiterates the importance of good data management. It uses real-world examples of poor data storage, lack of metadata, and the impact of reusability.
Before Your Research Begins
During Your Research Process
After Your Research Ends