This document contains fill-in-the-blank templates to address potential secondary data reuse in the informed consent process.
File Naming Conventions
Establishing a file naming convention before data collection starts allows you to scale data findability as you generate data throughout the project period. A file naming convention protects you from losing time searching for files, and enhances machine-readability. This in turn streamlines data analysis and validation processes.
Here is an example of a file naming convention:
When you have the option, choosing an open source file format during data collection means that your data will be more accessible and interoperable than if you used a proprietary format. Open source formats lower the barrier for other researchers to reuse your data, increasing the potential for future impact in the data you create.
Example Open Source File Formats
.txt, .html, .pdf (some types are proprietary to Adobe)
.jpeg, .png, .tiff (specifications are open; .tiff is trademarked by Adobe)
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Common Data Elements
Common data elements (CDEs) are standard ways of setting variables for data collection that increase the interoperability of your scientific data, and open up opportunities for extending your research impact. A CDE allows specific responses to defined questions. Datasets created with the same CDEs can be harmonized without losing information.