Research Data Management: Training, Resources

A guide to KU Libraries' services for managing and preserving research data.

Data Management Tips

  • Store original (back-up) copy of data
  • Name data files descriptively
  • Store data in non-proprietary hardware formats
  • Store data in non-proprietary software formats
  • Use a "header line" as first line of table to describe variables
  • Format variables as columns and data values as rows
  • Use plain ASCII text for file and variable names, and data values
  • All data values in a column should be of one type (text, numeric, etc.)
  • Include a unique data value once; store data in different tables, creating a relational database
  • Create and maintain metadata
  • Use a scripted program for analysis
  • Record dates in full standard formats (YYYY-MM-DD)

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