Why are filenames important?
How should I format a filename?
Key elements to include in your file name include:
Why is version control important?
Version control involves a process of naming and distinguishing between a series of draft documents which lead to a final (or approved) version.
It is important for:
What is metadata?
• You can describe your work by assigning metadata.
• Metadata is "data about data". It is used to summarise basic information about data and describe or contextualise the data.
Why is metadata important?
It is important to clearly describe your data to ensure it can be:
Research funders require researchers to create and make metadata openly available.
The key question to ask yourself is
“what information would I need to understand and use this data in twenty years?”
Metadata examples and links to descriptive standards can be found on the University of Leicester metadata and documentation page
What is meant by documentation?
Documentation may sit alongside metadata. This refers to all the information necessary to interpret, understand and use a given dataset, a set of files or a single document.
How should research data be documented?
Research data need to be documented at various levels:
For more information about on documenting your data see the UK Data Archive.
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