How to Make a Data Dictionary

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A data dictionary is critical to making your research more reproducible because it allows others to understand your data. The purpose of a data dictionary is to explain what all the variable names and values in your spreadsheet really mean. This OSF Best Practice Guide gives examples and instruction on how to asemble a data dictionary.

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Sara Bowman
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Open Science Framework (OSF)
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Data archiving
Data management
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Education: Science and Mathematics Education
Medicine and Health Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics
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Friday, March 1, 2019
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Open Science Framework (OSF)
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Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Data manager
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Research faculty
Undergraduate student
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