The best practice is to have a plan. If these recommendations seem like too much, try to adopt one new good habit every month.
These pages offer some of the recommended "best practices" for managing your data, but -of course- every project and study is different and some practices might not work best for you. Please ask us questions, attend workshops, or set up consultations to figure out how to do best by your data.
Funding Agency Public Access Plans (CENDI.gov)
Links to School-specific guidance on data management
Additional Learning Opportunities
All sessions are at 12pm in the WIC Seminar Room 124 in Van Pelt
Sessions are all stand-alone - you do not have to go to them in order. All sessions encourage discussion and questions. You're welcome to bring your lunch.
DMP Best Practices
Data management plans (DMPs) are becoming common requirements when applying for funding. This session will teach you what DMPs are asking of you, why they're more than a burdensome requirement, and how to follow the plan you create.
File Management: Keeping it all together
Learn about file naming and organization best practices and sustainable file types. You'll leave knowing best practices for naming and organizing files in ways that work for you.
Documenting Your Data for the Future
Learn how ReadMe files, code books, data dictionaries can help you make sense of your data in the future and how more formal metadata can be beneficial as well. You'll leave being able to decide which documentation practices exist, and which will work best for you, to describe your data better, and work more knowledgeably with metadata.
Other People's Data: What even is this?
Learn about reusing and interpreting other people's data. You'll leave knowing how to look for an employ data documentation and do some basic data cleaning for reuse.
Storage & Backup for Your Data
Learn about storage and backup best practices and why preservation and archiving might also be useful in ensuring access to your data for the long term. You'll leave knowing better habits for backing up and storing your data and understanding the differences between backup, storage, preservation, and archiving.
Data Visualization Best Practices
Learn about some basic things to keep in mind when creating visualizations of your data. You'll leave knowing how to make your visualizations accessible and more understandable. This is a very basic tips session on chart choice, color selection, and common mistakes that take away from meaning.
Ethical Considerations When Working with Data
Hear some classic data horror stories about personally identifying information being shared and other unethical practices for data researchers. Learn how to avoid making the same mistakes.
Consultations and workshops are available upon request. Contact email@example.com to discuss needs.