Best Practices Overview

Data Management Best Practices

Managing data is an integral part of the research process.  How you manage your data depends on the type of data, how the data is collected, and how the data is used throughout the life of the project.  Effective data management helps you organize your files and data for access and analysis.  It helps ensure the quality of your research and supports the published results of your research.

The remaining pages in this section outline best practices throughout the research lifecycle. To get help with strategies for any part of the lifecycle, we're available to consult on your project


Research data lifecycle

Harvard Longwood Medical Area Research Data Management Working Group, CC By-NC


Research data management lifecycle. Though the process is generally linear from "Plan & Design" to "Publish & Reuse," you may find yourself jumping around this lifecycle throughout your project