Digital versus non-digital data
Data may also be divided into digital or non-digital data. A research project likely will include data that is both digital and non-digital, or data which may originally be non-digital that is later digitised. For example, printed self-report questionnaires that are later entered into a data analysis program such as SPSS, R or Excel.
|Digital data||Non-digital data|
|Digital chemical analyses (e.g. spectroscopy)||Biological materials|
|Digital photographs||Original artworks|
|Digital medical images (e.g. DEXA scans)||Completed paper-based questionnaire responses|
Your research data management plan should account for all types of data.