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Give Your Data the Love it Deserves

by Jon Wheeler on 2017-02-13T10:01:00-07:00 in Data, Library, Library & Information Science

The University Libraries' Research Data Services is participating in Love Your Data Week 2017 (#LYD17, #LoveYourData). Now in its second year, LYD is primarily a social media campaign spearheaded by librarians and researchers worldwide to bring attention to issues of data sharing and data management. This year's theme is data quality, and today we'll be looking at what that means.

In the simplest terms, data quality is a matter of determining fitness for purpose, establishing that data satisfy the purposes and requirements for which they were created. Looking more broadly at questions of data quality, we should also consider

  • Completeness - do data fully represent or capture the universe under study?
  • Correctness - are the data accurate?
  • Documentation - do recorded metadata support reuse, verification or reproduction of published results?
  • Provenance - have the data been generated, processed, and curated by reliable and trustworthy sources?

For more information and resources related to defining and assessing data quality, feel free to contact RDS or check out the links below.

And don't forget - Centennial Science and Engineering Library is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 14th from noon until 1PM on Geospatial and Cartographic Resources available from the National Forest Service. More info online at

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