Data @ Reed

Data Documentation

Document Decisions

  • Document decisions you make about your data during the research process
  • It is easy to forget, even after only a short period of time
  • You may need to refer to it later during the writing process

Describe Variables

  • Describe research variables in a data dictionary
  • Include definitions, scope notes, and if applicable, units of measure and coded values
  • Document how missing values are represented

Describe Files

  • Provide an overall description of your data files in a readme.txt file
  • This should be a brief plain text document
  • Describe the research project, the folder organization, and file naming schemes 
  • List the file formats you are using