WHAT IS DATA? (And why you should care) What is ‘data’? • How do you define ‘data’? • Does it matter how ‘data’ is defined? • What is your data? From ‘C3PO vs. Data’ by JD Hancock on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/4617759902/ What is ‘data’? “A reinterpretable representation of information in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing.” Digital Curation Centre What is ‘data’? Any information you use in your research Why you should care Reason 1: Data are fragile and easy to lose ‘data garbage’ by steffenz on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/steffenz/336512756/ Storage media are fragile ‘data garbage by steffenz on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/steffenz/336512756/ http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2011/08/01/why-youneed-a-data-management-plan/ http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2011/08/01/why-youneed-a-data-management-plan/ What would happen to your data if there was a fire in your office, department or home? “Fire” by andrewmalone via flickr.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmalone/2032844649/ ‘books in a stack (a stack of books)’ by austinevan on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637/ Can you find things you know you have when you need them? ‘books in a stack (a stack of books)’ by austinevan on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637/ Why you should care Reason 2: Data are part of your (research) legacy Love your data! ‘The Eduardo Paolozzi sculpture of Newton at the British Library’ by dumbledad on flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/dumbledad/3372398044/ CC-BY-2.0 Send your research into the future! Open Access Teaching Materials for Digital Preservation Produced by Anna Collins (Cambridge University Library) for the JISC-funded PrePARe project (2012) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.