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Why manage data?

Satisfy funder requirements

Increasingly, funding bodies mandate the submission of a Data Management Plan (DMP) to ensure that data can be preserved and shared.

A detailed DMP will help you:

  • meet the requirements of your funding agency

  • secure funding

  • address preservation, documentation and verification issues.

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Organise and understand your data

By managing your data, you make it easier to understand the details and procedures relating to your data and data collection throughout the life cycle of the project.

Good data management makes research easier

Increase citations and get recognition

The data you collect are the basis of your research. By managing your data you increase your chances of being recognised and cited by others.

Well-managed data ensures that your research can be reused and validated by others.

Enable reproducibility and growth in research output

Well-managed data is:

  • findable

  • accessible

  • interoperable

  • reproducible.

If your data is well managed, time and costs of future research efforts are greatly reduced. By managing and sharing your research data, you enable growth in future research output and facilitate new discoveries.