Describe your data

During the uploading process, the EUR Data Repository will prompt you to add a few descriptive elements to your data. These descriptive elements, which are part of the metadata of your data, are important because they provide a potential re-user with the information with which to decide whether or not to explore this data further.

Compare it to reading through the title, abstract, and keywords of a paper; if these aren’t clear or comprehensive, you might choose to not retrieve the paper in full text. This decreases the chances of your data being read and cited. Remember, how you describe your data determines how visible, findable, and reusable the data is.

Also pay attention to keywords, which are often used to search for papers and data that are potentially eligible for reading and re-using. To help you on your way, see what keywords are used in the papers you have read or cited in your research, or browse through the keywords, and their alternatives, listed in a database that you frequently use. Make sure you include keywords not only on the topic of your paper, but also on the methodology, the study population, or the setting. This makes it findable through different types of queries. The same principle applies to the title and abstract of your data.

The descriptive elements that are asked for during the uploading process are: Title, Author, Category, Item Type, Keywords, Description, Funding, Resource Title and DOI, References, Licence, Embargo. A guide to the EUR Data Repository upload form can be found here.

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