"Make data clear to understand and easy to use"
A crucial part of ensuring that research data can be used, shared and reused by a wide-range of researchers, for a variety of purposes, is by taking care that those data are accessible, understandable and usable. This requires clear data description, annotation, contextual information and documentation that explains how data were created or digitised, what data mean, what their content and structure are, and any manipulations that may have taken place.
Creating comprehensive data documentation is easiest when begun at the onset of a project and continued throughout the research.
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