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Best Practice: Create a data dictionary


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Create a data dictionary

Data Life Cycle stage(s): Describe

A data dictionary provides a detailed description for each element or variable in your dataset and data model. Data dictionaries are used to document important and useful information such as a descriptive name, the data type, allowed values, units, and text description. A data dictionary provides a concise guide to understanding and using the data.

Description Rationale

A data dictionary is an effective and concise way to describe the elements or variables that make up your dataset.



Cite this best practice:

Eric Lind, Steve Aulenback, DataONE  (Aug 30, 2011) "Best Practice: Create a data dictionary". Accessed through the Data Management Skillbuilding Hub at on Aug 31, 2020


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