Best practices for preparing data to share and preserve

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Scientists spend considerable time conducting field studies and experiments, analyzing the data collected, and writing research papers, but an often overlooked activity is effectively managing the resulting data. The goal of this webinar is to provide guidance on fundamental data management practices that investigators should perform during the course of data collection to improve the usability of their data sets.  Topics covered will include data structure, quality control, and data documentation. In addition, I will briefly discuss data curation practices that are done by archives to ensure that data can be discovered and used in the future. By following the practices, data will be less prone to error, more efficiently structured for analysis, and more readily understandable for any future questions that they might help address.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Robert Cook
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Creative Commons 0 - CC0 "No Rights Reserved" (Public Domain)
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No fee
Citation - format of the preferred citation for the learning resource: 
Cook, Robert, 2015, Best practices for preparing data to share and preserve: U.S. Geological Survey, https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/x/4gb2Hg.
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
English
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data preservation
Data sharing
Published / Broadcast: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Created: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
U.S. Geological Survey
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Contact Organization(s): 
U.S. Geological Survey
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Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
Up to 1 hour
Framework - A community-based organization plan or set of steps for education or training: 
USGS Science Support Framework
Framework Node: USGS Science Support Framework: 
Preserve
Publish/Share