A targeted naming of files is essential for a documentation. In many cases it saves complementation by additional information that describes the study and the assessment process metadata. It is also possible to assess and assign paradata. Accompanying materials of a study are also part of a documentation. The documentation is a description of the data which serves as a user manual.
Documenting assists external parties in assessing the analytic potential of research data.
It serves transparency and traceability of decisions. Documentation is thus important particularly if projects involve usage of research data by several persons - for instance in the case of researchers leaving a project.
Guiding principles for a documentation
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