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Managing Your Data

Take care of the products of your research -- the tips here will help your work be available long into the future!

Care for your data

Data requires regular care and maintenance. This ensures your data's future use to you and to others. 

Use the links below to learn more about how to care for your data.

  • Assign core dutiesAssign duties to your group to streamline expectations and reporting out. 
  • Organize your dataOrganize your data in a meaningful way, and select what data will be of use to others in the future. 
  • Use stable file formatsUtilize stable file formats improve the use of your data in the future. 
  • Backup your data regularlySchedule regular backups of your data to at least two other places.
  • Store your data with confidenceProtect your work from data loss, breaches of confidentiality, or loss of security, especially when working with sensitive information.
care by Oksana Latysheva from the Noun Project