Data Management

Why have a database?

All organisations rely on the importance of good data and its availability. A database is basically a filing cabinet for that information which can be accessed via networked computers, intranets and the intranet. It means that information is readily available at the touch of a key. It also means that you are able to be more selective about the information that you retrieve.

Managing a Clean Database: Rubbish in, Rubbish Out

A lot of us are familiar with the saying or expression; 'if you put rubbish in you will get rubbish out.' If rubbish is entered into the database, this will obviously have a great effect on what comes out. Rubbish, obviously being inaccurately entered information, will undoubtedly have a huge effect on the final results of any study taking place. If data is entered badly, the results of the study will be inconclusive. If this happens and data is not double or even triple entered or checked, the likelihood is that the whole procedure will have been a complete waste of time, effort and money. Making data entry as simple and as straight forward as possible is the easiest way to prevent bad data being entered.

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