Metadata for Data Management: A Tutorial

Metadata Best Practices

Good data documentation is essential in order to find, use, share, and manage data, especially over time. This includes information such as:

  • the context of data (why and how data was collected)
  • the structure of data
  • quality assurance that data is complete and uncorrupted
  • information on data confidentiality, access and use conditions (where applicable)
  • identification and tracking of different versions of datasets

For a complete guide to writing a data management plan, see:

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