Digital curation defined: "Digital curation is concerned with actively managing data for as long as it continues to be of scholarly, scientific, research and/or administrative interest, with the aim of supporting reproducibility of results, reuse of and adding value to that data, managing it from its point of creation until it is determined not to be useful, and ensuring its long-term accessibility and preservation, authenticity and integrity" (DCC)
The benefits of managing your data include:
Facilitating the analysis of change, by providing data with which data at other points in time can be compared.
(Research Data Management Training Mantra http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/)
Before research project
During research project
At the end/after research project
What kind of data are collected is mainly determined by the research questions. Research data are typically questionnaire surveys, interviews, focus group discussions, written material, visit or meeting recordings, official documents, archival material, websites, or register or media data.
Data collection methods are determined by the type of data sought for.
Access to register data generally requires applying for permission. More information on how to apply for access to register data on the Finnish Information Centre for Register Research web site.
Researchers and research teams can collect the data themselves or can contract a data collection company to do it. If data collection is contracted out, it is best to send the call for tender to several companies. Data management plans are useful for drawing up tender calls.