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Dataverse Data Deposit Guidelines

Provide Documentation

Include a ReadMe file to support correct interpretation and reuse of your dataset.

For research data to be read and interpreted correctly, it requires sufficient documentation. All deposited datasets must include a “ReadMe” file that includes the following information:

  •     Details about dataset creation
  •     Description of files contained in the dataset
  •     Information about dataset completeness
  •     Limitations on reuse  

ReadMe files must conform to the following:

  •     ReadMe files must be saved as a Unicode UTF-8 plain text file (.txt). Alternatively, ReadMe files may be saved in PDF/A format.
  •     ReadMe files should use forced numbering in the filename (e.g. 00_ReadMe.txt) to make it appear at the top of the file overview.