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A guide for researchers on how to manage and share the data they generate.

Research Data Management

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What is data?

Data are pieces of factual information that are used for discussion or analysis.

What is research data management (RDM)?

RDM involves following a set of best practices in planning for data collection, storing data once it has been generated, and sharing data with funders and potential collaborators.

Why is it important?

  • Saves time in the long run
  • Required by many funders
  • Preserves data that might easily be lost
  • Aids in the reproducibility of results

Sources: Strasser C. Research data management: A primer [Internet]. Baltimore MD: National Information Standards Organization; 2015. Available from:

University of Pittsburgh [Internet]. Pittsburgh PA: University of Pittsburgh; c2021. Research data management @ Pitt; 2021 April 29; [about 2 screens]. Available from:

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