Data specialists are information technology experts who analyze, collect, sort, and create testable electronic data and information systems. They compile data regularly to create reports which they provide to upper management or present at board meetings to aid in decision-making. They consult with others who utilize this data in other projects. Data specialists oversee the entire conversion process while information transfers from paper to an electronic data system. They research data sources to verify the validity of the information and can be responsible for designing a database for a specific client to use.