Introduction to Research Data Management



Throughout your academic and professional career, your work will likely involve the collection, reuse, and sharing of different types of data. Data, much like any other product of your research, requires good management practices to ensure the quality of your work at the end of a project. Building good data management habits early on will help ensure that your work is more accurate, reproducible, and potentially more impactful over time.

This micro-course will provide an introduction into some research data management essentials. We’ll cover the reasons to invest time and effort into good data management and then introduce best practices that you can start building into your research process immediately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this micro-course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance and benefits of research data management
  2. Identify UW-Madison tools and resources to assist with your data management while on campus
  3. Articulate introductory data management best practices:
    • Establish effective file naming conventions and folder organization
    • Understand the importance of describing your data and project
    • Explain the difference between storage and backup and select appropriate tools for both
    • Identify and use sustainable file formats when appropriate