Research data are “the factual records […] used as primary sources for research, and that are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings” (CARL, 2019). For example, text documents, photos, videos, questionnaires, transcripts, algorithms, models, scripts, audiotapes, and more.
Research Data Management, then, is the process of controlling research data generated during the research process. It involves organizing, describing, cleaning, enhancing, and preserving data for future use, encompassing all stages of the research data lifecycle.
The Portage Training Expert Group has published a two-page Research Data Management Primer that introduces the concepts of research data and research data management, and provides references to related resources.
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