Metadata helps future users find and understand published datasets. Machine-readable metadata can especially facilitate sharing and interoperability. Please contact the Library to discuss metadata standards in your field. Another common way to provide metadata to your research dataset is through a readme file and/or a codebook. 

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When publishing data in a repository, we also recommend that you provide the following descriptive elements:

  • Title of the dataset (unique from associated articles)

  • Author (the person/people who collected the data)

  • Institution (Montana State University)

  • Date last modified

  • Version, if applicable

  • Short description of the dataset

  • Citation and DOI for related publication(s), if applicable

  • Licensing information