Q. How do I facilitate data management best practices?
Though researchers are very knowledgeable of their data, it is often difficult for them to transfer that knowledge into terms that will allow others to understand and use their data for secondary analysis. Along with the data themselves, researchers need to provide metadata, codebooks, instruments, programming code, and any other materials necessary to interpret the data. For some data producers, the data are proprietary or embargoed, which necessitate access restrictions. If data contain sensitive information, special handling will be required for adherence to federal laws and regulations. Prior to releasing data to a repository or to individuals, it is important to review data submissions for completeness, access restrictions, and the presence of sensitive information.
- What do I need from data contributors to be able to properly manage their data?
- How can I encourage researchers to manage their data?