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Research Data Management: Data Documentation & Metadata

Research Data Management (RDM) Library guide

Clear data description, annotation, contextualisation, and documentation work together to make data user-friendly and shareable.

Metadata Standards You Can Use

Having good metadata is key to accessing and reusing research data. Many disciplines have developed standards to aid this complex environment. 

General:

Subject specific standards:

  • DCC Disciplinary Metadata -  links to metadata standards in Biology, Earth SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial & Science Humanities, General Research Data; Digital Curation Centre (DCC)
  • RDA Metadata Standards - open directory of metadata standards for scientific data; Research Data Alliance (RDA)

Describing Your Data

What is metadata?

Provides standardised structure for a data collection or dataset and usually includes details such as:

  • origin
  • purpose
  • time references
  • geographic location
  • creator/author
  • access conditions
  • terms of use

The video below provides a short (5 minute) introduction:

 

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