Planning Data Collection
The CESSDA archives will offer advice to data collectors from the earliest stages of their research undertaking until the moment the data are prepared for archiving. This section covers the most common aspects of concern to all data collectors; it is, of course, an outline of an ideal set of procedures. Following the suggestions here will ensure that your data are ready for archival deposit with much less work at the end.
To ensure that the data which you are collecting today can be used in the future, standards in terms of data structure and format, documentation format and content and metadata need to be considered from an early stage. [more...]
Starting the archival process before data collection phase can only assist both the data collector and the ultimate secondary user. Plans for sharing and/or archiving should be thought through while the researcher is at the stage of devising and outlining the actual data collection exercise. [more...]
Finalise the data management plan. Making decisions and beginning your documentation activities now will assist you and team members throughout the data collection and analysis stages of your exercise, and make deposit for secondary access a much simpler and straightforward process. [more...]