Why should you worry about good data management practices?

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To prepare data for archival it must be organized in well-formatted, described, and documented datasets. Benefits of good data management include:

Short-term
Spend less time doing data management and more time doing research
Easier to prepare and use data for yourself
Collaborators can readily understand and use data files

Long-term (data publication)
Scientists outside your project can find, understand, and use your data to address broad questions
You get credit for archived data products and their use in other papers
Sponsors protect their investment

This page provides an overview of data management planning and preparation. It offers practical methods to successfully share and archive your data at the ORNL DAAC.  Topics include:  Best Practices for Data Management, Writing Data Management Plans including examples of data management plans, How-to's amd Resources.  

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NASA ORNL DAAC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center)
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0
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No fee
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English
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Data management
Data management planning
Data preservation
Data publication
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Engineering: Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering
Engineering: Chemical Engineering
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Chemistry
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
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NASA ORNL DAAC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center)
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Contact Organization(s): 
NASA ORNL DAAC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center)
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Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Early-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
Up to 1 hour