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DataONE Best Practices

The DataONE Best Practices database provides individuals with recommendations on how to effectively work with their data through all stages of the data lifecycle. 

Wisdom from Data Pub


New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum

This curriculum was coordinated by the UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library.


Three Things!

Three Things You Can Do Today to Help Manage Your Data

  1. Backup, backup, backup.
    Think of what it would take to reproduce your data. To make sure you don't lose it, strive to have three copies—the original master file, a local backup (e.g., on an external hard drive), and an external backup (e.g., on a networked drive or on a web-based storage service).

  2. Organize your data.
    Plan the directory structure and file naming conventions before creating your data, taking into consideration the potential need to track versions of data sets and documents. Follow any existing project-specific conventions or disciplianry standards or best practices.

  3. Document your data.
    Data documentation, also known as metadata, will help you use and understand your research data into the future. If you plan to share your data it will also help others find, use, and properly cite it. At a minimum, create a readme.txt file that includes basic documentation such as title, creator, identifier, rights/access information, dates, location, methodology, etc.

Data Management Tutorials and How To's

  • Data Management Course
    University of Minnesota short course on data management designed for engineering students.
  • Data Management Resources
    A collection of data management resources sponsored by the US DHHS Office of Research Integrity.
  • DataOne Education Modules
    Ten educational modules (ppt) on data management topics, part of a 2-day DataOne short course held in May 2012. Available under a CC-0 license.
  • Managing and Sharing Data: Best Practices for Researchers
    UK Data Archive overview documentation (pdf) for managing research data.
    Online education course for researchers and others who manage digital data.
  • MIT Libraries Data Management
    Resources on data management topics prepared by MIT Librarians.
  • Research Data Bootcamp
    Text-based online tutorial in data management topics from the University of Bristol.
  • supportDM
    An blended learning course in data management for those in research support roles. Prepared by the University of East London Training for Data Management program.

Contact Us

UMMS Librarians can answer questions and direct you to local resources for research data management:

Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP
Institutional Repository Librarian

Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, MA, MLIS
Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services

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