Research metadata


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Short Definition: Metadata that are part of a research dataset.

Extended Definition: Metadata that are part of a research dataset. For research data, metadata can serve different purposes such as describe the data at hand, provide information on its structure and provide information for administrative purposes. Research metadata can be assigned at the dataset level (e.g., describing a study), or at the record level (e.g., describing a measurement or other entity) in a field containing values or standardized descriptors. This in contrast to the broader term [documentation]. Research metadata standards can be used for common descriptions. In a metadata standard the metadata fields have fixed definitions. This enables the (automatic) interpretation of the metadata field and its value for anyone adhering to this standard.



Related Terms: Documentation


Term Lead: Tessa Pronk

Annotated data

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