Research Data Life cycle
Research data management (or RDM) is a term that describes the organization, storage,preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project.It involves the everyday management of research data during the lifetime of a research project (for example, using consistent file naming conventions).It also involves decisions about how data will be preserved and shared after the project is completed (for example, depositing the data in a repository for long-term archiving and access).
”Data is whatever you use to conclude results"
Research Data Life cycle adatpted from DataOne by Wits Data services with thanks to Susie Allard
The data life cycle provides a high level overview of the stages involved in successful management and preservation of data for use and reuse. Multiple versions of a data life cycle exist with differences attributable to variation in practices across domains or communities.
Research Data Life cycle has eight components:
Some research activities might use only part of the life cycle; for instance, a project involving meta-analysis might focus on the Discover, Integrate, and Analyze steps, while a project focused on primary data collection and analysis might bypass the Discover and Integrate steps. In addition, other projects might not follow the linear path depicted here, or multiple revolutions of the cycle might be necessary. Further, some scientists or teams (e.g. those engaged in modeling and synthesis) may create new data in the process of discovering, integrating, analyzing, and synthesizing existing data.
Data collection is the systematic recording of information;
Data analysis involves working to uncover patterns and trends in datasets;
Data interpretation involves explaining those patterns and trends. Scientists interpret data based on their background knowledge and experience; thus, different scientists can interpret the same data in different ways. By publishing their data and the techniques they used to analyze and interpret those data, scientists give the community the opportunity to both review the data and use them in future research.
How to name a file
And if it called draftfinalfinal.doc with comments or bits of your research project are all over the place in different folders, well join the club, then please go back and rename your files properlyBut to properly backup data it needs to be organized