To facilitate preservation and long-term access to archived data collections, you must create data documentation and associated metadata.
- Facilitate interoperability of data collections.
- Standardize ways to organize data, provide background information and show methods of use.
- Help data citation, discovery and reuse.
Different disciplines have different metadata standards, Reseachers can choose the standards that meet their needs. Digital Curation Centre from UK has maintained lists of metadata standards, profiles and extensions, cases and tools covering these areas:
Research Data Management Guidelines
Organizations and institutions have provided valuable guidelines for research data management, e.g.:
- How-to Guides from the Digital Curation Centre, UK
- Data Management Guide from University of Cambridge, UK
Research Data Management Best Practices
- UK Data Archive – Create & Manage Data (PDF)
- Australian National Data Service – Data Management Guides
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Data Management for Data providers (PDF)
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) – Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving (PDF)
- DataOne – Data Management Guide for Public Participation in Scientific Research (PDF)
Online Training Materials
- MANTRA, a free online course designed by University of Edinburgh.
- Education Modules from a 2 day short course on data management from DataOne.
- Data Management Online Course a short online course for PG engineering students by University of Minnesota.
- U.S. Geological Survey Data Management Training modules provide background and best practices.
last modified 27 July 2016