The Data Book: Collection and Management of Research Data is the first practical book written for researchers and research team members covering how to collect and manage data for research. The book covers basic types of data and fundamentals of how data grow, move and change over time. Focusing on pre-publication data collection and handling, the text illustrates use of these key concepts to match data collection and management methods to a particular study, in essence, making good decisions about data.

The first section of the book defines data, introduces fundamental types of data that bear on methodology to collect and manage them, and covers data management planning and research reproducibility. The second section covers basic principles of and options for data collection and processing emphasizing error resistance and traceability. The third section focuses on managing the data collection and processing stages of research such that quality is consistent and ultimately capable of supporting conclusions drawn from data. The final section of the book covers principles of data security, sharing, and archival. This book will help graduate students and researchers systematically identify and implement appropriate data collection and handling methods.

chapter 1|22 pages

Collecting and Managing Research Data

chapter 2|23 pages

Defining Data and Information

chapter 4|15 pages

Data Management Planning

chapter 5|20 pages

Fundamental Dynamic Aspects of Data

chapter 6|21 pages

Data Observation and Recording

chapter 8|20 pages

Getting Data into Electronic Format

chapter 9|21 pages

Data Structures

chapter 10|18 pages

Data Processing

chapter 13|19 pages

The Data Management Quality System

chapter 15|18 pages

Research Data Security

chapter 16|8 pages

Data Ownership, Stewardship, and Sharing

chapter 17|13 pages

Data Archival