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Research Data Cycles

Research Data Cycle Models and Guides

There are many ways to conceptualize workflows in data-intensive research. The below models demonstrate just some of the ways in which librarians and others have chosen to illustrate these processes. This list is in no way complete, but these diagrams can help you get started understanding the issues inherant to these research processes.

Articles on Data Cycles

  • Optimization of Data Life Cycles (2014)- The German Helmholtz Association project "Large Scale Data Management and Analysis" (LSDMA) aims to maximize the efficiency of data life cycles in different research areas. This paper describes the various activities within LSDMA  
  • Cyberinfrastructure, Data and Libraries Part 1 (2007)– Section 1.5, Services and the Data Lifecycle Model, describes the pre-publication and publication phases of research and contextual library services.