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Managing Your Data

Welcome! This guide will help you make decisions about how to manage, store, and share your research data.

Data Lifecycle

What is Research Data?

Data includes far more than just numbers. Any recorded material that validates research findings can be considered data. Some examples of research data:

  • Documents and spreadsheets Laboratory notebooks, field notebooks, diaries
  • Questionnaires
  • Transcripts
  • Codebooks
  • Audio recordings
  • Video recordings
  • Photographs, x-rays or negatives
  • Protein or genetic sequences
  • Spectra, spectroscope data Test responses
  • Slides, specimens, or samples
  • Models, algorithms, scripts, code, or software
  • Contents of an application (input, output, logfiles for analysis software, simulation software, schemas)
  • Methodologies and workflows
  • Standard operating procedures and protocols
  • Synthetic compounds
  • Organisms, cell lines, viruses, or cell products