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Data Management: Getting Started

A guide to assist researchers in data management

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What is data?

What is Data? Here are some definitions:

Digital Curation Center: “Data, any information in binary digital form, is at the centre of the Curation Lifecycle.”

Office of Management and Budget:
“Research data means the recorded
factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings” 

Every discipline has data.

Types of data include:

  • observational data
  • laboratory experimental data
  • computer simulation
  • textual analysis
  • physical artifacts or relics

Examples of data:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Scanned books and images
  • Instrument data 


Benefits of Data Management

In addition to compliance with Federal Data Management Mandates, here are a few other reasons to manage data:
  • saves you time
  • increases the impact of your research through data citation.
  • clearly documents and provides evidence for your research in conjunction with published results.
  • meet copyright and ethical compliance (ie. HIPAA).
  • preserves data for long-term access and prevents loss of data.
  • describes and shares data with others to further new discoveries and research.


 Adapted From: University of Minnesota Libraries Data Management web page:

Data Management Librarian

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Evanston, Illinois 60208