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Environmental Data Management - Best Practices

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1. Context

Research and monitoring data represent an irreplaceable scientific heritage that must be:


A large amount of data and information is produced on an ongoing basis by departments, research organizations, communities and citizens. However, all data are not readily understandable, accessible and usable by anyone or any organization. Basic notions of data management can contribute to improving data integrity, sustainability and accessibility.

The objective of the current document is to offer such basic concepts, to contribute to a better understanding of the data life cycle, to provide principles and to foster the adoption of environmental data management best practices. Such an endeavour is part of the St. Lawrence Global Observatory mandate as a service to its members, specifically targeted towards SLGO members without all the necessary infrastructures and means required to manage their data.

Each step of the data life cycle is presented and discussed. Additionally, three of the main themes of this cycle are further developed under specific titles: sustainability, metadata and data sharing.

Document's Core Metadata

Title Environmental Data Management Best Practices – Basic Concepts
Creator St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO)
Creation Date 2015-06-02
Last Revision Date 2015-07-09
Topic Science Data Management
Status Version 1
Editor SLGO
Type Text
Description Overview of environmental data management principles, methods and resources intended for SLGO members and partners in order to provide basic notions, to contribute to a better understanding of the data life cycle and to foster the use of scientific data management best practices.
Contributor(s) Original French Version: J. Hamel (Author), B. Robineau, C. Tremblay et K. Ratté (Reviewers) English Version: J. Hamel (Translator)
Format MS Word Document
Source ©SLGO
Rights Public
Identifier SLGODataManagement-2015.docx
Langue English
Relation Non applicable
Couverture Non applicable

This publication should be cited as follows:

St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO). 2015. Environmental Data Management Best Practices – Basic Concepts. 36 p. [PDF Version , 1,4 MB]

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