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Data Life 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 inherent to these research processes.

  • US Geological Survey – Guide to data management in geological sciences throughout the data life cycle.
Research Data Management Lifecycle example from USCS
Research Data Management Lifecycle example from USCS

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.  

last edited 9/22/2020