Data Collection

Collection of both quantitative and qualitative data can occur in numerous ways, varying by discipline, methodology and research design. The method of data gathering – whether from instruments, sensors, or computer system logs; by survey, interview, observation, ethnography or audio/visual recording; or otherwise – affects the research questions asked, data analysis strategies, storage and computation considerations, and more. It is a central component of data management planning.


The DMPTool is an online service for building data management plans with step-by-step instructions and guidance for meeting specific funding agency requirements. The tool originated out of the California Digital Library along with 7 other partner institutions that wanted to provide in depth guidance in response to federal funders requiring data management plans. The DMPTool is free for UC-Berkeley faculty, students, staff, and researchers to use, and is frequently updated as new funders mandate data management plans and as directorates change.

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