Q: How do I select the most appropriate tools and services for data management?
Collection development policies, preservation policies, and the institution's mission should guide the decision-making process for the acquisition of dataset. These documents will specify the type of content that aligns with the institution's interests and capabilities. Some institutions may seek out datasets containing variables related to very specific topics, while others may focus on more general, but discipline-specific content that are of value to its stakeholders. Also, institutions may have limited capability for managing datasets of excessive size, of poor condition, or in obsolete formats. In any of these cases, it is important that selection decisions are based on the potential for the institution to optimize the long-term preservation and use of the materials according to its content and condition.