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Data Management

Data management at George Washington University

What is Data Management?

Data management refers to activities and practices that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data.

Activities can include:

  • planning
  • documenting 
  • formatting 
  • storing 
  • anonymizing
  • setting access restrictions on data.

Federal funding agencies and government entities may require data to be made available after the completion of a funded research project. These agencies may also require transparency of project operations, which means that data management plans must be outlined, submitted, and approved during the initial proposal process for every research project.

Why is Data Management Important?

Data management ensures that 

  • data is preserved for future researchers to discover, interpret and reuse
  • the value of the data is sustained by allowing access and secondary analysis
  • researchers manage, organize, and maintain security of their data
  • research projects maintain the required level of transparency set by their funding agencies, journal publishers, or research institutions

Funding Agency Requirements

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