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Data documentation should be in an accessible format and give enough information to understand and verify the work:

  • Who performed the work
  • What data was used
  • When the data was collected
  • Where the data was collected from
  • Why the data was collected
  • How conclusion was reached

Common documentation formats include:

  • Readme Files – text files that provide basic information about a dataset
  • Data Dictionaries/Codebooks – detailed description of each element or variable in a dataset

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