Data management resources

Data management is a method used to handle, organise, structure and store research data throughout the research process. A good data management strategy takes into account technical, organisational, structural, legislative and sustainability aspects. It helps researchers to keep the data that they have collected and/or used in their projects tidy, usable and safe, while at the same time ensuring their longevity.

SND’s data management pages are in Swedish only and this is for a good reason: There is a wealth of high-quality data management literature in English, both published and online. For your convenience, we have collected a selection of links to what we think are good resources for anybody wanting to learn more about data management.

Checklist for a Data Management Plan, SND
The checklist includes elements related to data management that might be relevant to include in a DMP. The checklist is a translation of SND's checklist in Swedish, which contains more extensive information for each element.
Checklist for a Data Management Plan

Checklist for a Data Management Plan, DCC
This checklist presents the main questions or themes that researchers may want to cover when writing a DMP.
Checklist for a Data Management Plan (v.4.0, 2014)

DMPonline
DMPonline is the DCC’s online tool for creating a data management plan (DMP). The tool comes with a set of templates that follow the varying requirements from research funders in the UK and other countries, but it useful for anyone who wants to create a DMP, woth or without funder-specific requirements.
https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk

Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving, ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR's Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving is aimed at those engaged in the cycle of research; from applying for a research grant, through the data collection phase, and ultimately to the preparation of data for deposit in a public archive. The Data Preparation Guide is a compilation of best practices learned from the experience of many archivists and investigators.
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/deposit/guide/

University of Bristol Research Data Bootcamp
An introduction and tutorial to research data management (approx. 30 minutes).
http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/bootcamp/

The Digital Curation Centre’s (DCC) Curation Reference Manual
An ongoing project for an extensive manual of data curation.
http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/curation-reference-manual

Managing and Sharing Data
The UK Data Archive’s best practice document for researchers.
http://data-archive.ac.uk/media/2894/managingsharing.pdf

MANTRA
The University of Edinburgh’s Research Data Management Training is a free online course that covers the essentials of research data management. Includes a number of exercises as well as data management tutorials for SPSS, R, ArcGIS and Nvivo.
https://mantra.edina.ac.uk/

Sustainability of Digital Formats
An extensive website hosted by the US Library of Congress, which contains a wealth of information about many kinds of digital content formats. it includes descriptions of not only formats but also their sub-types, including sustainability, quality and functionality factors, as well as file type signifiers. There are also links to format specifications and documentation, and to other useful reference material.
https://www.loc.gov/preservation/digital/formats/