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Short Definition: Written information that describes a resource to foster discovery, access, and use.
Extended Definition: Written information that describes a resource to foster discovery, access, and use. Minimally, documentation should include basic descriptive information about the resource, such as the title, abstract, authors, date of publication, publisher or distributor, and intellectual property rights associated with the resource. Documentation also should include information about the creation and provenance of the resource, other contributors and sponsors, the quality of the resource, reviews that have been conducted, how the resource has been used, requirements or tools needed to use the resource, and assumptions or constraints for using the resource.
Synonyms: Descriptive Information, Description, Supporting Information
Related Terms: Metadata, Catalog Entry, Research data article, Codebook
Term Lead: Bob Downs