What is a data or metadata standard?

Answered By: Julie Goldman
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2022     Views: 38

Data standards specify how data and related materials should be stored, organized, and described. In the context of research data, the term typically refers to the use of specific and well-defined formats, schemas, vocabularies, and ontologies in the description and organization of data. However, for researchers within a community where more formal standards have not been well established, it can also be interpreted more broadly to refer to the adoption of the same (or similar) data management-related activities, conventions, or strategies by different researchers and across different projects. Learn more about data standards from the Harvard Biomedical Data Management Website and Research Support

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