Data management is a crucial component of any research project. Without proper storage, data may become unusable over time as it may become disorganized and separated from its original context. An important aspect of good data management is a good metadata record, or a secondary source of information that keeps the original information organized.
Many small organizations conducting research projects often overlook this aspect of their projects. Often, organizations lacking capacity are unable to adequately store their data for the long term and end up unable to use information collected in the past for their current needs. Typically, this either happens due to staff turnover, inadequate space or equipment for data storage, or changing technology formats (e.g., floppy disks). We are able to store both physical sources of data such as paper maps and journals in addition to digital sources of data.