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Personal journal: data management and research practices

Prompt: Personal journal entries reflecting on how data management can improve your research practices

Having a good data management plan from the outset of a project can help improve the efficiency of a project by making clear upfront what file formats and organizational structures should be used. This prevents rework and needing to make last minute conversions down the line. Good data management can also provide backup and hedge against data loss mid-project. Good management of data can help prevent confusion and errors by making the right data easy to find. It also makes it easier to use one’s dataset for additional future projects, or for others to use the dataset for their own work.

Having a data management plan in place on collaborative projects, such as those we’re undertaking in this praxis class, helps ensure that we are all working with our data in broadly the same ways. It also gives us a consistent place to store our initial and transformed data, keeping all elements of the project together. Good data management practices are good research practices.

 

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