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Best Practice: Describe the contents of data files

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Describe the contents of data files

Data Life Cycle stage(s): Describe

A description of the contents of the data file should contain the following:

  • Define the parameters and the units on the parameter
  • Explain the formats for dates, time, geographic coordinates, and other parameters
  • Define any coded values
  • Describe quality flags or qualifying values
  • Define missing values

Description Rationale

The contents of the data files should be described in the data file and in the documentation

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DataONE Best Practices Working Group, DataONE  (July 01, 2010) "Best Practice: Describe the contents of data files". Accessed through the Data Management Skillbuilding Hub at https://dataoneorg.github.io/Education/bestpractices/describe-the-contents on May 24, 2019


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