Data Management, sometimes called Research Data Management or RDM, is the process of gathering, processing, storing, preserving, and disseminating research data.
Managing your data will help make your research process more efficient. Other benefits:
In 2013, the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum directing that the results of publicly funded research (including data) be made publicly available. For most agencies, this means that grant applications must include a plan for how data will be managed during and after the proposed project.
From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Data Services
There are six key recommendations for managing your data/digital materials to ensure their longevity and usefulness:
From the DataOne Best Practices Primer
The data life cycle has eight components:
See also: Digital Curation Centre: Curation Lifecycle Model (CC-BY 2.5 Scotland)