Q. Does data management and access include supporting documentation and metadata, such as validation protocols, field notebooks, etc.?
All researchers are expected to be able to explain and defend their results. Doing so usually entails maintaining complete records of how data were collected. The manner in which one maintains such records and makes them available to others will vary from project to project, and may depend upon funder requirements. Good data management should include supporting documentation and metadata, as well as attention to file naming and data formats, security & privacy protocols, access control, and backup & preservation measures. For more information, see our Data Management libguide.