The Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving: Best Practice Throughout the Data Life Cycle

…a free e-book from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR):

“Archives that preserve and disseminate social and behavioral data perform a critical service to the scholarly community and to society at large, ensuring that these culturally significant materials are accessible in perpetuity. The success of the archiving endeavor, however, ultimately depends on researchers’ willingness to deposit their data and documentation for others to use.”

The fourth edition (2009) has updated information related to digital preservation, informed consent, copyright, and qualitative and geospatial data.