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 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.

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.

University of Bristol Research Data Bootcamp
An introduction and tutorial to research data management (approx. 30 minutes).

The Digital Curation Centre’s (DCC) Curation Reference Manual
An ongoing project for an extensive manual of data curation.

Managing and Sharing Data
The UK Data Archive’s best practice document for researchers.

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.

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.