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Show your data some love during this week, “Love Data Week” (or LDW) and all year long using the six tips listed in the graphic below.

According to the LDW website, the event is designed “to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.”

“We believe research data are the foundation of the scholarly record and crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us,” notes the LDW organizers on the website.

For more information from Purdue Libraries, visit our “Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers: Introduction” LibGuide, at http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/undergraddata, and learn more about our Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP) at www.lib.purdue.edu/d-velop.

6 Ways to Show Your Data Some Love: 1. Use open source/non-proprietary and uncompressed data formats for long-term accessibility; 2. Create an organizational scheme and consistent naming convention to manage your files; 3. Find connections in your data in the Purdue Libraries' Data Visualization Experience lab (D-VELoP); 4. Create a "data dictionary" to unambiguously define (and remember) the meaning of your variables; 5. Make sure you have two or three backups in different physical locations; 6. Share your data in an organized, secure repository... like the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR)