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Getting Started Creating Data Dictionaries: How to Create a Shareable Dataset

Erin Michelle Buchanan, Sarah E Crain, Ari L. Cunningham, Hannah Rose Johnson, Hannah Elyse Stash, Marietta Papadatou-Pastou, Peder Mortvedt Isager, Rickard Carlsson and Balazs Aczel
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Erin Michelle Buchanan: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Peder Mortvedt Isager: Eindhoven University of Technology
Rickard Carlsson: Linnaeus University
Balazs Aczel: Eotvos Lorand University

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Abstract: A data dictionary is a supplementary document that details the information provided in a dataset, often the meaning of included variables, creation, format, and usage of the data (McDaniel & International Business Machines Corporation, 1994). This information is usually denoted as metadata. This tutorial will demonstrate three simple options for creating data dictionaries to describe research data in psychology (see psych-DS for current efforts; Kline, 2018). These applications allow the researcher to enter their metadata with the goal of sharing the files on a platform for others to read. In general, metadata should describe the information provided in the dataset, and websites like provide structure for what can and should be included in a data dictionary.

Date: 2019-05-20
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