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.
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 https://dataoneorg.github.io/Education/bestpractices/create-a-data on May 24, 2019