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The Research Data Management Workbook

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The Research Data Management Workbook is made up of a collection of exercises for researchers to improve their data management. The Workbook contains exercises across the data lifecycle, including: 

  • Evaluate a laboratory notebook
  • Write a project-level README.txt
  • Create a data dictionary
  • Set up a file organization system
  • Create a file naming convention
  • Pick storage and backup systems
  • Test your backup
  • Write a living data management plan (DMP)
  • Determine data stewardship
  • Pick a data repository
  • Share data
  • Prepare data for future use
  • Convert data files types
  • Create an Archive folder
  • Separate from the institution

Every exercise comes with a description of its value within data management, instructions on how to do the exercise, original source of the exercise (when applicable), and the exercise itself.


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