How to Manage Your Data

Research data are an important asset that requires stewardship during and after a research project. A data management plan helps researchers to prepare data for use within a project and identifies strategies and services to support their data after a project finishes. By identifying best practices in data management during a planning stage, the whole research process is more efficient.

Data management plans (DMPs) are widely recognized in the international research community as a best practice. A DMP describes the data and metadata to be gathered in a research project and includes information about the data files, plans for data storage, and rules for sharing the data. Writing a DMP can help organize the research process and provide consistent guidelines for handling data.

Portage’s DMP Assistant is a tool that is freely available to all researchers and provides specialized guidance to help researchers develop their own data management plan. It takes users step-by-step through a series of questions based on a general template for research data stewardship. It also offers the option of fulfilling DMP requirements of specific funders or using templates from other organizations.

Topics in research data management

Forthcoming Content:

  • How harmonizing data management with institutional data services can save researchers time and resources
  • Researcher identities
  • Data identities
  • Citation practices
  • Best practices in data management that support ethics approval
  • Developing a metadata workflow in a project
  • Getting the most out of a data format or standard
  • How to communicate with data curators
  • Factors to consider in selecting a data repository
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