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Researchers: Don't fight the data-management battle alone
What to do with data? Most academics have been trying to avoid the questions but they keep coming. Special issues in Nature and now Science highlight the excitement of new research paradigms in data mining, correlation and visualisation. The bad news is that there are now very few who don’t worry about information overload and how to manage it all, from academic journals to micro-blogging, lab books to personal photo collections. There is the more obvious and ever more important area of research-information management: citation; publication of underlying journal-paper datasets; impact and the Research Excellence Framework. But receiving far less attention is the fundamental business of managing research data itself. We’re squirreling away ever more of the stuff. But this probably means using USB memory sticks and stand-alone hard drives as institutional IT quotas are reached and extra kit deemed...
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