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Managing and Preserving Research Data: Preparing Data for Analysis

Tools for data management

What is data cleaning?

Once you've collected data for your study, you'll organize your raw data and structure it so that it can be used to answer your research questions. Some components of data cleaning can be done using automated tools; others require a fair degree of wrangling. 

What tools exist to help me clean and organized data?

Strategies for cleaning and organizing structured and unstructured data vary across fields and purposes. For example, scholars in the humanities and sciences take divergent approaches to defining, curating, and organizing data. Schoch's Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities is a useful guide for scholars curating humanities data. 

Tools and resources you can use to manage and clean data include: