May 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Foundational Practices of Research Data Management”

The following article was published online today by Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO).


Foundational Practices of Research Data Management


Kristin A Briney
California Institute of Technology

Heather Coates
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Abigail Goben
University of Illinois at Chicago


Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e56508.
DOI: 10.3897/rio.6.e56508


The importance of research data has grown as researchers across disciplines seek to ensure reproducibility, facilitate data reuse, and acknowledge data as a valuable scholarly commodity. Researchers are under increasing pressure to share their data for validation and reuse. Adopting good data management practices allows researchers to efficiently locate their data, understand it, and use it throughout all of the stages of a project and in the future. Additionally, good data management can streamline data analysis, visualization, and reporting, thus making publication less stressful and time-consuming. By implementing foundational practices of data management, researchers set themselves up for success by formalizing processes and reducing common errors in data handling, which can free up more time for research. This paper provides an introduction to best practices for managing all types of data.

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