What is a datafile?
A datafile is a collection of data, often called a "dataset." In general, each datafile will follow a particular format. This is to help with uniformity throughout the library. The format is provided below:
- Datafile Name: (datafile name)
- Datafile Subject: (e.g., Environment, Medical, Sports)
- Story Name(s): (corresponding story name(s))
- Reference: (data source)
- Authorization: (describe copyright restrictions to the data, if any)
- Description: (a description of the data: length, purpose of study)
- Variable Names: (a list of the variable names and interpretations)
- Data: (data as space- or tab-delimited text)
The datafile subjects are linked to the folder that contains all of the datafiles with that same subject. Additionally, each story name is linked to a file that contains that story about the data. This provides a quick avenue to and from the stories. Also, that story will have a link back to the particular datafile.
Each datafile has a reference and comments on how a particular dataset may be used. For example, some data may be used freely whereas other datafiles may be available except for use in textbooks.
Finally, the datafile will have a brief description of the data collection process and/or why the data was collected (the particular study). The variable names and data are then provided.
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