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Why Do You Need to Manage Your Data?

The carrot:

  • improvements to efficiency - managing data at the last minute and using the first method that comes to mind is usually time-consuming and error-prone
  • protection - loss of data can be a disaster
  • quality - data that is carefully managed has a much greater likelihood of being quality data
  • exposure - data is now recognised as a scholarly output and good data management maximizes the impact of your work, increasing the visibility of your research and extending its relevance; data citation standards are at a critical stage with general acceptance of the use of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) and a major database specific to data citation is soon to be released

The stick:

  • basic data management is required by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and compliance with the Code is already a requirement for ARC and NHMRC funding and is likely to be mandated by other funding bodies, government and institutions in the near future
  • inadequate data management can also lead to catastrophes like the loss of data or the violation of people's privacy

A Data Management Horror Story

This is a mini series of Youtubes by NYU Health Sciences Libraries showing what shouldn't happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request.



The Australian National University (ANU) is a place of intensive research, and this is reflected in the variety and quality of ANU dataset descriptions in the Research Data Australia (RDA) database.

View ANU Records in RDA


ANU Data Management Manual

Much of the content for the Managing Data section of this Guide is from the ANU Data Management Manual: Managing Digital Research Data at the Australian National University 2015.


Updated:  09 September 2015/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator


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