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Digital Data Management for a New Generation

These materials can be used in anthropology graduate research methods courses. They are designed to help instructors in teaching about data management as an integral component of research design and data collection. These materials are geared toward early training in best practices. Such practices ultimately support long-term management—including upload into digital data archives and institutional repositories—and facilitate data sharing where appropriate.

The materials consist of five modules: an introductory module and four modules organized around the four fields of anthropology.

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Project support: National Science Foundation, Workshop Grant 1529315; Jeffrey Mantz, Program Director, Cultural Anthropology


Introduction: General Principles and Practices of Digital Data Management

This module includes:

  • What are data?
  • What is data management?
  • What are the advantages of making data accessible?
  • What are ethical dimensions of data management?
  • What is a data management plan?

General Module. Also available in [PowerPoint] [PDF] [RTF] versions

General Module

This module includes:

  • Managing digital research data in a graduate project
  • Research data and ethical codes of conduct
  • Digital data in archaeology
  • Why digitize physical data?
  • Why deposit digital data?
  • Data lifecycles and management plans

Archaeology Module. Also available in [PowerPoint] [PDF] [RTF] versions

Data Management Plans:  Carrasco | KansaLi | Sullivan

Archaeology Module
Biological Anthropology

This module includes:

  • Advantages for biological anthropology in data sharing
  • Challenges for biological anthropology in data sharing
  • Databases and considerations for various types of data
  • Primary data compared to processed data

Biological Module. Also available in [PowerPoint] [PDF] [RTF] versions

Data Management Plans: BoyerKamilar | Perry

Biological Module
Cultural Anthropology

This module includes:

  • Why is it important to preserve and protect your data?
  • Data types in cultural anthropology
  • Managing data
  • Software
  • Data archiving

Cultural Module. Also available in [PowerPoint] [PDF] [RTF] versions

Data Management Plans:  Contreras | Fisher | Glass | Kuipers | Ryzweski

Cultural Module
Linguistic Anthropology

This module includes:

  • Key data management practices
  • Ensuring the future of your data and avoiding catastrophe
  • The basics: Working with data
  • What are our responsibilities?
  • Archiving and re-use of data

Linguistic Module. Also available in [PowerPoint] [PDF] [RTF] versions

Data Management Plans: Amith | Aronow and Okum

Expanded Materials

Linguistic Module