Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about:
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.
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.