“Data management, as it relates to data created during the research process, comprises ‘what to manage’ and ‘how to manage it.’ It is not only data per se that need to be managed; accompanying information, such as documentation and other contextual and methodological information, also needs to be managed.”
Corti, L. (2008). Data Management. In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. (pp. 194-195). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
There are a number of short-term and long-term benefits to good data management practices. Data management helps to: