Research: Structuring and documenting data

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If you’re working with structured data – the sort of thing that might be found in a table or database – it’s particularly important to ensure that your data is stored in the way that’s most conducive to the analysis you want to carry out. It’s also worth thinking about what you’ll do with the data at the end of the project: could it be shared with other interested researchers, or preserved in an archive, for example?

Funding bodies are starting to take an increasing interest in what happens to the data generated in the course of research projects, so if you’re not already aware of your funder’s policy, it’s worth checking their requirements. 

This article helps you think about two key issues: structuring your data and ensuring that it's properly documented.