Researchers spend much of their time collecting data. Data are used
to confirm or reject hypotheses, to identify new areas of investigation,
to guide the development of new investigative techniques, and more.
We launch space probes to collect data that help us understand the origins
of the universe and use gene databases as tools for understanding and
curing disease. Science as we know and practice it today cannot exist
Data management practices are becoming increasingly complex and should
be addressed before any data are collected by taking into consideration
four important issues:
- storage, and
The integrity of data and, by implication, the usefulness of the research
it supports, depends on careful attention to detail, from initial planning
through final publication.