Office of the Vice President for Research


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. Scientists 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 without data.

Data management practices are becoming increasingly complex and should be addressed before any data are collected by taking into consideration four important issues:

  • Ownership
  • Collection
  • Storage
  • Sharing

The integrity of data and, by implication, the usefulness of the research it supports, demands careful attention to detail, from initial planning through final publication.