What is the Data Lifecycle?

The Biomedical Data Lifecycle is a representation of stages in your research regarding data collection, use, and storage. At the core is how to "Store & Manage" the data for your project. How data is managed is integral to each stage in the diagram. Though the process is generally linear from "Plan & Design" to "Publish & Reuse," you may find yourself jumping around this lifecycle throughout your project.

Below is a description of the core stages of the inner section of the cycle. The diagram's outer layer represents the processes and concepts that are integral to each stage. However, many of the stages overlap.

For example, "Data Management Plans" are created at the planning stage but will be used throughout the research process in subsequent stages. The plan dictates how you will handle the data collected and created, and how you will share and disseminate that data, all while considering data documentation, safety, and reuse.