Working on the “stitch in time” principle, doing the work now to plan for your expected data, back them up, and document them in detail preserves time otherwise lost in searching for, recovering, and deciphering data in the future.
Simplifies your life:
Increases research efficiency:
With all the time you’ve saved and the confusion you’ve avoided, you can’t help but be more efficient! Additionally, managing your data means that in the future you will be able to more easily find, access, understand, and use your data.
Ensures research integrity:
The R’s of research: repeatable, reproducible, reusable, replicable – Good research data management makes it more feasible to fulfill these commitments of responsible research.
Makes it easier to share:
Have you ever had a hard time understanding the data that your colleagues have collected? Don’t be that colleague! Documenting your data throughout its life cycle makes it easier for you to share and others to understand and use your data in the future.
Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit in an archive data which they collect as part of a research project.
Also, to avoid this:
If you found the data you need;
If you understand the data you found;
If you trust the data you understand;
If you can use the data you trust;
Someone did a good job of data management.”