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Australian Data Archive

Creating Data

The task of managing and archiving your research data is a process, not an end state in which the researcher hands over his or her data to the archive on completion of the project. This approach would render the process of preparing the data for archiving both expensive and onerous on the researcher. Thus, data management and archiving should be incorporated into the project design and methodology at the outset of the project.

To this end, there are a number of activities you can undertake to facilitate the preservation and re-use of your data both now and into the future. These pages will progressively develop guidelines for creating and managing your data, including:

  • Proposal planning and writing
  • Project start-up
  • Research ethics
  • Collecting and managing your data

Using Data

There is a growing number of datasets available online for sharing through the Australian Data Archive and other data archives internationally, you may be able to make use of these data to complete your project, or as a precursor or supplement to collecting your own. Given the rich array of research data already generated, researchers are encouraged to make use of that data wherever possible.These pages will also provide advice on suggestions for elements you may wish to take into account when using secondary data, including:

  • Data analysis tools and software
  • Guides to ADA Social Science Content
  • Citing datasets

Funding Partners

Collaboration Partners

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