We’re happy to announce that we have recently made two new resources available on our website! You can find our Research Data Management Onboarding Checklist and the Research Data Management Planning Checklist in the Resources tab on our website.
Welcome back to campus! With the start of another academic year comes new (and returning) opportunities to explore tools and skills that can enhance your research process–whether related to workflows in your research group, pursuing new methods of analysis, or improving the organization of your files. Experts in these topics from various groups on campus are teaching both one-time courses as well as series of workshops throughout the fall semester to help students, faculty, and staff enhance their data management and computational skills. (more…)
Good data management practices don’t only involve how you treat your data when you’re actively working with it, but also involve what you do when your research project has terminated and you are ready to archive and share your data. When identifying a repository for the final version of your data, you should consider the repository’s stability, any discipline-specific expectations, and any associated costs.
A group of colleagues from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School recently published a commentary piece in Nature, “Credit data generators for data reuse,” that encourages researchers and others working with data to place increased emphasis on the origins of data as a way to track its origins as well as its reuse (who created and who reused it).
Several people in leadership positions for the NSF’s research directorates and the Offices of Integrative Activities and International Science & Engineering recently came together to write the latest Dear Colleague Letter, Effective Practices for Data. This letter was written to describe effective research data management practices and encourage NSF-funded researchers to implement them.