These materials can be used in anthropology graduate research methods courses. They are designed to help instructors in teaching about data management as an integral component of research design and data collection. These materials are geared toward early training in best practices. Such practices ultimately support long-term management—including upload into digital data archives and institutional repositories—and facilitate data sharing where appropriate.
The materials consist of five modules: an introductory module and four modules organized around the four fields of anthropology.
This guide provides suggestions of datasets well suited to classroom use and student projects. It is intended to help you discover sample datasets, not to serve as a comprehensive introduction to data types and formats. All of the datasets listed here are free and publicly available for download in the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). These are all "real" datasets generated by Purdue researchers, and, while useful in the classroom, were not created for educational purposes. The datasets presented here represent a variety of subjects and formats, and are relatively easy for students to understand and manipulate.