Research Lifecycle

Research Data Management lifecycle wheelThe research lifecycle refers to the (often iterative) process of conducting research, from the initial planning, funding, and research project design to publishing and disseminating the conclusions or work of scholarship. Although the research process varies across disciplines and research domains, it often includes validating a model or hypothesis by using information and data. In turn, the results from the data help improve the model and thus, gather additional data to validate the new model. On this site, we refer to data in the broadest sense of the word, including experimental, observational, acquired, and simulated data, as well as any relevant information, artifacts, and original sources. In recent years, the research lifecycle has also included publishing the data, code, and workflows to facilitate the reproducibility of the published results.

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