Data management is a way to organize and maintain your information through:
Creating naming standards, for consistency and easier location
Carefully recording all the details, including decisions made during the project
Saving copies of your data in more than one place to prevent loss
Making plans to store your data after project completiion
The DataONE Best Practices database provides you with guidelines and recommendations on how to effectively work with their data through all stages of the data lifecycle. Check out the left-hand column for some important tools.
Data management allows you to improve the organization of files and data you gather and use.
There are many ways you can apply these skills to your life:
Collaborate with others: Saving files in open formats results in less errors and will allow more people to open your work.
Keep your computer organized: Adopting a file naming convention will increase the chance of finding the correct file.
Work on a project: Creating a metadata README file will help document your process for later reference. It also helps others better understand your methods and therefore increase the chance that someone will be able to repeat your work. Remember to also keep track of software used to avoid version incompatibility in the future.
Write papers: Documenting search strategies by writing down the database and search query, as well as using a reference manager for citations can help you recreate your work when things go wrong.
And to your research process: