Know Your Data Quality
Good documentation tells people they can trust your data by enabling validation, replication, and reuse.
Why does having good documentation matter?
Option 1: Check out some of the documentation guidelines and standards out there. What can you borrow or learn from them to improve your own documentation?
Option 2: Have a colleague, labmate or teammate review your documentation for a specific project. Ask them to tell you what is missing or unclear. If it’s a long list, choose 2-3 things to focus on improving throughout the semester.
Bonus points: Set up a regular schedule for your lab or team to review and sign off on lab notebook pages, protocols, procedures manuals, data dictionaries, or whatever forms of documentation you use. Afterwards, reward yourselves with a beer, glass of wine, or treats!
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