Many elements of data management are crucial to data sharing if we want to share data in a meaningful way

Data sharing, particularly of potentially sensitive information, is not always straightforward. Before you deposit your data, you will need to ensure that they can be understood and reused by others: it is essential that you prepare and describe the data well. Ideally, you want to start thinking about the end goal – data sharing – early on, and revise your plans throughout the entire life of the project.
To help you identify areas that need your consideration we have put together Data Management Basics. You will find explanations covering different aspects of working with data there: from a list of free version control tools, through explanation of metadata, to real-life examples of data problems encountered by data managers handling clinical data.