The selected methodology and method(s) will generally determine how the data will be generated, captured and analysed.
- Raw and previously unpublished data
- Collected for a particular research project
- Designed to address a specific research question
- May be collected by a variety of methods
- For example observational, experimental, simulation
- Data originally obtained for another purpose
- Re-purposed or re-analysed for a different research outcome
- Use existing data to reduce costs, save time or lessen risks
- Also includes data collected from existing records and cultural texts
- For example, diaries, letters, newspaper articles etc.
- Create a data management plan or checklist
- Describe and document research data
- Select appropriate and secure storage locations
Good practice in data management
Research Data MANTRA
is an Open Educational Resource from the University of Edinburgh, providing a free online course in research data management, designed for PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data.