HMS Data Lifecycle

Data lifecycles help determine your steps and tasks at every step of the research project

  • Initial production of raw data and initial short-term storage
  • Analysis of raw data, generating analyzed data
  • Publication and distribution of data, including providing access to datasets e.g. through a public data repository
  • Evaluation of which data should be retained long-term
  • Long-term storage of data to meet requirements of NIH, other granting agencies, and the researcher's institution
  • Archiving data as part of an historical record
  • Discovery, citation, and reuse of data through well organized, well documented datasets

Use the Research Data Management Lifecycle Checklist as a guide to find where you are in the lifecycle and a reference checklist to keep track of good research data management elements

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Last Updated: 2018-06-25