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Research: Document Your Data

Document Your Data

Document Your Data

 

Document your data using:

  •    Lab notebooks (which should include information like equipment settings and calibration, database schema, methodology reports, and provenance)
  •    Experimental protocols
  •    Questionnaires
  •    Codebooks
  •    Data dictionaries

Lab notebooks can:

  •    Prove intellectual property rights
  •    Defend against claims of fraud
  •    Demonstrate adherence with standards of good practice and ethical integrity
  •    Show compliance with contracts
 

There are three levels of data documentation:

  1. Project level: Indicates what the study set out to do, what the research questions and hypotheses were, and what methodologies, sampling frames, instruments and measures were used.

    Found in: theses, published articles, data papers and technical reports

  2. File or database level: Documents how all the files that make up the data set relate to one another.

    Found in: one file, typically named readme.txt

  3. Item or variable level: Uses a full label to explain the meaning of your variables.

    Found in: your spreadsheets

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edmondsh@neco.edu

 




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