Data is essential to scientific practice. The National Academy of Sciences emphasizes that the "integrity of research data is essential for advancing science and maintaining public trust." Data management practices are complex and depend upon paying attention to the details, specifically in the areas of ownership, collection, storage, and sharing. (Office of Research Integrity)

Resources in this section will address:

  • What is considered "data"?
  • How is the ownership of research data determined?
  • What are the best practices for acquiring, managing, and sharing research data?
  • What are accepted practices for keeping lab notebooks and electronic data files?
  • How long should data be kept?
  • When do I need to use a "Data Use Agreement"?
  • Where can I find guidelines for image processing in science?