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Data Management and Record Keeping

Tools, tips and checklists for creating a data management plan and managing data you generate

Goals of This Guide

This guide is meant to be a primer on Data Management and Record Keeping. In this guide you will find definitions of key terms, principles and best practices, links to additional sources of information and other documentation. Use the links in the red tabs to the left to access the individual pages of this guide.

  • Discover what successful data management entails, and the different components involved
  • Locate appropriate resources that can help ensure your data will be readable and understandable in the future
  • Learn what a data management plan is and how to go about building one

WPI Policy on Research Conduct

WPI Policy on Research Conduct

“Supervisors must enforce the highest standards for conducting research and creating and maintaining records of the research. The risk of misconduct increases in an environment where there is a lack or deficiency of supervision. Specifically, faculty supervisors, principal investigators, laboratory and center directors and Department Heads, should clearly articulate standards and protocols for research, scholarship, and creative work, through discussion and review of research, and, when possible, with written guidelines and training that adhere to best practices.” (p.1)

Data Management Resources at WPI

Academic & Research Computing Office: Data Management A well-defined data management strategy is now a must for any research activity. ARC answers the data management needs of the WPI community with powerful tools and services, including,

  • Data collaboration space across institutions

  • Data Management Consultations

  • Data Management Plan Templates

  • Data storage at WPI

  • Back-up, archival, and security

Additional data management resources at WPI:

Note: both the ATC TTL and the IT Helpdesk are located on the main floor of the library.