CREATE & MANAGE DATA

DOCUMENTING YOUR DATA

OVERVIEW

  • A crucial part of making data user-friendly, shareable and with long-lasting usability is to ensure they can be understood and interpreted by any user. This requires clear data description, annotation, contextual information and documentation.

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  • Study-level documentation provides an overview of the research context and design, data collection methods, data preparation and results or findings and is key to enabling the secondary user to make informed use of the data.

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  • Labelling and documenting individual data items - numerical, textual or audio-visual - can often be embedded within a data collection or recorded in an accompanying document.

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  • Catalogue metadata are a subset of core data documentation providing standardised structured information explaining the purpose, origin, time references, geographic location, creator, access conditions and terms of use of data.

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  • The Archive works with, and keeps abreast of, international metadata standards in documenting social science and historical data. We have collated a number of useful resources in this area.

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