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Describe the data

This advice applies to both digital and non-digital.

Data can only be understood with appropriate, accompanying description, including:

  1. Why the data was generated (research questions)
  2. How the data was collected and organised (methodology)
  3. File formats and associated software used
  4. Information about the objects or subjects of your research eg characteristics, dates data generated etc.
  5. How to navigate your data files - for example, using a readme.txt file

See further information to help you describe your data