Love Your Data (LYD) Week - Day 2 of 5: Documenting, Describing, and Defining

February 10, 2017

 By Sophie Hou, NCAR Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator

 In order to document, describe, and define data, especially with quality attributes (e.g. complete, accurate, credible, consistent), it is helpful for researchers and their collaborators to be familiar with the concept of metadata as well as the commonly known metadata standards and formats associated with the researchers’ fields of study. The use of metadata, or “good documentation,” could tell people that “they can trust your data by enabling validation, replication, and reuse” as LYD suggests.

At NCAR, the Digital Asset Services Hub (DASH) can help researchers in learning about metadata, the different standards and formats, and how to use them. An example is the metadata from DataCite, which is used when requesting and registering digital object identifiers (DOIs). Another example is the metadata format used with the upcoming DASH Search and Discovery system (a centralized system that uses metadata to assist with and enhance the effectiveness/efficiency of finding, understanding, and using research products and output from NCAR labs).

To learn more about DataCite’s metadata and how it works with DOI assignments, please visit DASH’s Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) page, and for further information about NCAR’s metadata used for DASH Search and Discovery system, please check back at DASH Search and Discovery page (updates will be provided over the next months) or contact us at This information is provided as part of the Love Your Data (LYD) Week 2017 series.