Metadata for research data. Video recording by CSC, Jessica Parland-von Essen & Johan Kylander (41 min 13 s)
Practical guide about how to document research data: Siiri Fuchs, & Mari Elisa Kuusniemi. (2018, December 4). Making a research project understandable - Guide for data documentation (Version 1.2). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1914401
University of Jyväskylä guide to data documentation with practical examples
In many reseach fields and disciplines there are long traditions to publish metadata in international and/or discipline specific repositories like Figshare, The Cambridge Structural Database, Zenodo, RCSB-PDB, Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center
Trusted repositories make data findable and citable in publications.
Metadata and documentation are about labeling, descriping and annotating data. It helps
Discoverable metadata - which should be always open - can broadly be broken into e.g.
Discoverable metadata is always highly structured and machine-readable data about data.It is supplemented with documentation e.g.laboratory diaries, code books, field notes, questionnaires; documentation of settings and calibrations of instruments; description of research method.
Documentation is done in different levels like research project (e.g. methodology), file level (e.g. relationships between files) and variable/item level (e.g. how variable was generated). Openness level of documentation varies from open to limited (controlled, restricted) access.
Examples of documentation forms: Laboratory Notebook, Field Notebook, or Research Notebook; e-Lab Notebook (ELN); Readme.txt; Templates: Data Sheet, Collection Sheet, or Field Sheet; Data Dictionary; Codebook; Metadata Schema, Standard, or Taxonomy: Metadata Schema, Standard, or Taxonomy. Read more in Briney, Kristin A. (2022) Research Data Documentation Methods. [Teaching Resource] (Unpublished)
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Closely connected to the DOI system - is a list of core metadata properties chosen for the identification of a resource. Consist e.g. relation types to describe relations between RD (e.g. supplement to, version, part of, identical to etc.)
CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives) Service Provider's Metadata Practices 2016