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How-to Guides

These guides are designed to mirror the lifecycle of your research project. They provide support at its various stages.

Guides Topics covered
Creating & analysing dataCollecting data- Collecting sensitive data - Organising data - Formats - Describing data: metadata & documentation - Analysing data - Improving software
Choosing your formatsChoosing your formats - Text, images & audiovisual files - Recommended formats - Preservation - Dissemination
Data discovery & re-useFinding data for re-use - Finding publications & projects - Citing data - Handling copyright, Intellectual Property Rights & licences issues - Analysing data
Storing & preserving dataOptions for data storage - Information security - Long-term preservation & archiving - Storing sensitive & personal information - Retention & disposal of records
Sharing dataHandling copyright, Intellectual Property Rights & licences issues - Where to deposit data - Constraints to release data - Metadata, documentation & DOIs - Anonymising - Sharing publications - Citing data
Handling sensitive & personal informationUsing personal data in research - Ethical approval & registration - Anonymising data - Data protection - NHS data
Planning ahead - guidance for grant applicantsKnowing funders' policies & expectations - Writing Data Management Plans - Costing data management - Writing grant applications
Writing Data Management PlansWhen do I need a Data Management Plan? - Why they are useful - Tools, models and support
Costing data managementKey questions to estimate costs - Time & budget-anticipating tools - Funding
Software sustainability, preservation and sharing Why preserve software - How to preseve software - Citing software - Archiving GitHub repositories 

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