After completing your travels through this chapter you should:
- Be familiar with strategies to minimise errors during the processes of data entry and data coding;
- Understand why the choice of file format should be planned carefully;
- Be able to manage the integrity and authenticity of your data during the research process;
- Understand the importance of a systematic approach to data quality;
- Able to answer the DMP questions which are listed at the end of this chapter and adapt your own DMP.
Authors and guides to this chapter
Jindrich Krejčí | Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA)
In preparation of the Expert tour guide, I have used my almost 20 years of experience in building CSDA data services as well as my experience in teaching data management and social survey methodology.
Johana Chylikova | Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA)
I am a quantitatively oriented social researcher and my main focus is the validity of survey data and measurement errors. While working on the content of this chapter I made use of my experience in analysing data and designing surveys and questionnaires.
The content of this chapter was inspired by research data management manuals, guidelines, online courses and methodological texts published by several data organisations and experts, in particular the information provided by the UK Data Service (2017a), the “Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving” by the US-based data organisation ICPSR (2012), the online course Research Data MANTRA (EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh, 2017), A guide into research data management by Corti, Van den Eynden, Bishop and Woollard (2014), Krejčí's "Introduction to the Management of Social Survey Data" (Krejčí, 2014), Gibbs (2007) and Data Management Guidelines produced and published by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (Finnish Social Science data Archive, 2017).