Marta Teperek from University of Cambridge just wrote up a nice blog post about the International Digital Curation Conference that took place at the end of February in Amsterdam. Of particular interest was a workshop called “A Context-driven Approach to Data Curation for Reuse”. One of the key takeaways from this workshop was “(i)nsufficient contextual information makes data not useful.”
In an attempt to make it easier for researchers to provide contextual information, the Mozilla Science Lab has developed this ten-point checklist to help you provide context for your data set to make it more reusable.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of what’s needed for every type of data set but we think it’s a good generalizable checklist that works well for capturing the:
of your data.