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Research Data Management at Princeton

Why Manage Research Data?

This guide is intended to give an overview of best practices for managing research data and to point to additional resources. Some benefits of managing research data are:

  • Find and understand data when needed
  • Project continuity through researcher or staff changes
  • Organized data saves time
  • Reduces risk of lost, stolen, or mis-used data
  • Comply with funder and journal requirements
  • Allows for easier validation of results
  • Data can be shared, leading to collaboration and greater impact (Jones and Searle)

In addition, well managed and documented data make it easier to write up research results for publication.

Additional Resources

DMPTool at Princeton

Princeton University is a contributing institution for the DMPTool (Data Management Plan Tool)*. This tool provides step by step help in creating data management plans tailored to the specific requirements of major U.S. funding agencies.

To sign in to the DMPTool as a Princeton researcher, click login in the upper right hand corner and select Princeton University from the institution drop down menu. You will be directed to the Princeton Central Authentication Service where you can enter your Princeton NetID and Password.

*Developed by DataONE, Digitial Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian Insitution, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library, UCLA Library, UC San Diego Libraries, University of Illinois, University of Virginia Libraries.