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Research Data Management

Include data documentation

To enable the reuse of the data, information about how the data is gathered, transformed and arrived should be provided alongside the data files. These can be referred to as data documentation.

Data documentation typically includes: 

  • methodology and procedures used to collect the data
  • details about codes
  • definitions of variables
  • variable field locations
  • frequencies

Examples of data documentation include:

  • codebooks
  • data dictionary
  • lay summary
  • readme.txt
  • webpage

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Creative Commons Attribution License Quick and Awesome Review


How to share data?

When planning to share your research data, consider how you want your data to be used by others. You can then apply a relevant license that most closely reflects those intended uses. Applying an explicit license removes any ambiguity over what users can and cannot do with your data.

According to NTU Research Data Policy, sharing and use of research data shall be based on Creative Commons license CC:BY:NC. This license allows the use of data for non-commercial applications only and must correctly attribute the data source.

If your data consists of software and source code, you can consider NTUitive Dual License Agreement. License agreement is important for setting specific terms on which software may be used, modified or distributed. Contact NTUitive for details.


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