Managing Digital Data

October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

According to the Digital Curation Centre, Data is “A re-interpretable, representation of information in a formalised manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing”.

There are various issues concerned with the management of data. These include volume (deciding what to actually keep, and what to discard), the management and preservation (including formats and costs), legal issues, and re-usability (especially in regards to the context of the digital data).

Digitising data allows it to be shared and re-used. Being in digital format it is also much more portable and versatile. Good data underpins high quality research and appropriate data can be preserved for long times, with credible and verifiable interpretations.

There exists digital repositories (such as institutional data repositories (USYD has one), and national and discipline specific ones) ) for managing and storing research data.

The following depicts the data lifecycle (taken from ARCA2606 slides[1]).


The predominant benefit to publicly sharing data is it’s communal access, re-use, and re-interpretation (also in combination with other datasets).

[1] Ian Johnson, Andrew Wilson, (2011), ARCA2606 Slides – Week 14 Wrap Up, University of Sydney.


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