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Metadata for Data Management: A Tutorial: Controlled Vocabularies

Controlled Vocabularies

In addition to selecting a metadata standard or schema, whenever possible you should use a controlled vocabulary. A controlled vocabulary provides a consistent way to describe data. Examples of controlled vocabularies include subject headings, thesauri, ontologies, and taxonomies. Using a controlled vocabulary will aid in searching and finding your data and will make your data more shareable with researchers in the same discipline.

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