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Managing and Sharing Research Data

Managing and Sharing Research Data
A Guide to Good Practice

© 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Research funders in the UK, USA and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize openness of data, transparency and accountability of the research they support. Written by experts from the UK Data Archive with over 20 years experience, this book gives post-graduate students, researchers and research support staff the data management skills required in today’s changing research environment.

The book features guidance on:
  • how to plan your research using a data management checklist
  • how to format and organize data
  • how to store and transfer data
  • research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • data strategies for collaborative research
  • how to publish and cite data
  • how to make use of other people’s research data, illustrated with six real-life case studies of data use.  
The importance of managing and sharing research data
The research data lifecycle
Research Data Management Planning
Documenting and Providing Context for Data
Formatting and organizing data
Storing and Transferring Data
Legal and ethical issues in sharing data
Rights Relating to Research Data
Collaborative Research: Data Management Strategies for Research Teams and Research Managers
Making Use of Other People's Research Data: Opportunities and Limitations
Publishing and Citing Research Data

Corti et al have produced a great introductory text for researchers, librarians, and anyone involved in supporting the creation or reuse of research data. The team has extensive experience in issues surrounding the care and curation of a range of data, and put that experience to good effect in producing this guide.

The book offers concise chapters that cover essential information on research data management activities at all stages of the data lifecycle, and is suitable for quantitative and qualitative researchers either creating or reusing data. Chapters are supported by useful examples, case study illustrations, and reinforced by quizzes and exercises to get researchers and support services thinking about and implementing good data management practices.

Laurence Horton, Archive and Data Management Training Centre, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The authors of Managing and Sharing Research Data all work at the Data Archive and collectively have a wealth of experience in the complex range of activities related to promoting, managing and facilitating data sharing... This guide sets out to help students, researchers, academics and research support staff through these processes and deals with documenting, formatting, storing and transferring data, as well as with legal and ethical issues, publication and citation.

Emily Grundy, Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics
LSE Book Review

This book fills a gap in the market and will, I’m sure, be read by researchers in any discipline where data management skills are needed. I would recommend this book without hesitation. Well written, informative and, with its commitment to transparency and data sharing, commendable.

Paul Webb, research officer, Praxis Care, Belfast
Social Research Association - Research Matters

“Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice” is a solid introduction to best practices for collecting, storing and disseminating data that is intended to be shared with other researchers. While the book is written with social scientists in mind, it is a very useful resource for the sharing of clinical research data in the new era of transparency.

Norman M. Goldfarb, Managing Director of First Clinical Research LLC
Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices

The book represents an excellent textbook resource for researchers at any stage of their career who are keen to share their research evidence and materials. The authors have clear and demonstrated technical expertise in this area and the book is packed with useful and practical advice covering all stages of the research process.

Tom Clemens
Oral History

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Chapter Two: The Research Data Lifecycle

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