"Guidance on preparing and managing data"
Whether depositing large-scale survey data in our curated collection or smaller research collections via our self-deposit system, ReShare, data creators should consult our guidance below on preparing data. Ideally this should be prior to the start of fieldwork or data collection. In additon to the summary points noted here, we also provide comprehensive best practice guidance aimed at individual researchers and research support staff which can be found on our Manage data web pages.
Preparing data documentation
Data documentation should give future researchers sufficient information to be able to understand and reuse the data. Consider what kind of survey, data, and other contextual documentation, can explain what the data mean, how they were collected and which methods were used to create them. For survey series, ensure that documentation refers to the current year’s data.
Types of survey documentation
Types of data documentation
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