Databases: Tools for structured data

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An increasing number of research projects are now making use of some form of structured data – that is, data which consists of sets of comparable information, in which multiple items or objects share certain common features. Even if you have no intention of producing a website or presenting your data publicly, there are many situations in which databases or database-like tools may provide the best way of organising this sort of information. This article provides some tips on how to select the tools that are most appropriate for a given research project.