Main take-aways

After completing your travels through this chapter on organising and documenting your data you should:

  • Be aware of the elements which are important in setting up an appropriate structure and organisation of your data for intended research work and data sharing;
  • Have an overview of best practices in file naming and organising your data files in a well-structured and unambiguous folder structure;
  • Understand how comprehensive data documentation and metadata increases the chance your data are correctly understood and discovered;
  • Be aware of common metadata standards and their value;
  • Be able to answer the DMP questions which are listed at the end of this chapter and adapt your own DMP.

Authors and guides to this chapter

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  • Jindrich Krejčí | Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA)

    In preparation of the Expert tour guide, I have used my almost 20 years of experience in building CSDA data services as well as my experience in teaching data management and social survey methodology.

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  • Johana Chylikova | Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA)

    I am a quantitatively oriented social researcher and my main focus is the validity of survey data and measurement errors. While working on the content of this chapter I made use of my experience in analysing data and designing surveys and questionnaires.