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Briefly describe your research data. Explain what kinds of data you are collecting or producing. Outline how the data will be collected: e.g. via surveys, interviews, laboratory experiments or observations. Moreover, explain what kinds of existing data you will reuse.
Briefly describe what types of data will be used and are expected to be produced: e.g. texts, images, photos, video or audio recordings, statistics, measurements, physical samples.
In data management planning you should differ three categories of data for your research:
The difference between those three categories in data management planning is, that you are responsible of the documentation and storage of the data for potential reuse only if you have collected or created the data by yourself (category 1). If the data is collected or created by some other research project (category 2) or if you use material from an archive, library or museum (category 3), the researcher, who originally collected or created the data, or the archive, library or museum is responsible of the documentation and storage of the data for potential reuse. Anyway, you have to plan how to document and store any data you are going to use during your research.
Ensure long term readability and access
Attention should be focused on the format in which data is stored to ensure usability after extended periods of time. Recommended file formats are those that are used extensively in the scientific community and supported by a variety of software.
Quality control of data is an integral part of all research and takes place at various stages, during data collection, data entry or digitisation, and data checking. It is vital to assign clear roles and responsibilities and to develop suitable procedures before data gathering starts. During data collection researchers must ensure that the data recorded reflect the actual facts, responses, observations and events. The quality of data collection methods used strongly influences data quality, and documenting in detail how data are collected provides evidence of such quality.
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