Session 2: How to Create Data that You (and Others) can Understand

When you use someone else's data, how do you know they collected it accurately? 
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.

Flipped Data Management Workshop Series

After watching the Video Lesson, attend the January 14, 2014 workshop "Data Management Series: How to Create Data that You (and Others) can Understand" (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Register online at the Libraries workshop page. 

(optional) 
In your DMP (what's this?), complete Section 3: "Data Documentation, Organization and Metadata” by describing your plan for documenting the data collection, analysis and result-generating process. Include an example file-naming schema and directory structure that will help you organize your data files.
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