How do you ensure the quality of your own data? The way that data is organized and documented can help or hinder future use, even your own! This module will help you plan how to organize your data, track versions, create metadata and document your data's life-cycle. At the end of this module you will be able to:
- plan an organizational structure for your data using a file naming system and directory structure that is well-documented and interoperable with other data sets in order to decrease versioning issues and data duplication,
- articulate a plan to collect and share the supplementary documentation of your research and methodologies in order to assist other researchers in making sense of your data, and
- fill out a metadata schema example for your data in order to model ideal data description practices.
Cartoon: "Met a Data?" by Vicky Woodward on http://blog.xplana.com
Video Lesson: Data Documentation, Organization, and Metadata
Instructions: Watch this (5 min 30s) video and then attend the data management workshop for hands-on activities on this topic.