Review and processing

Arrows with Data and metadata in, processing, data and metadata out

When you submit research data to SND, they are managed in a way that makes them readable and usable for a long time to come. A benchmark for processing is that data should be FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. This may involve different actions:

  • Storage media are made compatible with current hardware and migrated as needed.
  • Data is saved in file formats that are compatible with the operating system, ensuring that character encoding, compression algorithms and binary code are readable and comprehensible.
  • The files that are comprehensible to people are kept intact and provided with a description of the content (such as a description of how a webpage containing both images and text is linked).

SND also helps to make your data available. Part of this is that the documentation itself should be understandable and made visible to new users. The data you submit is enriched and compiled according to established standards, for example, by documenting variables, or posting interview questions in a searchable query. SND uses the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata specification for this documentation. Such a standard specifies which fields and information is described with, and makes it easier to exchange metadata between different parties and make the information searchable. Several parts of the data writing also have a counterpart in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) - a standard designed to make it easier to describe and find resources on the Internet.

Once you have submitted data writing and data files, these will be reviewed by your local research support unit or by SND, depending on where you deposited it. While the material is being processed, SND's data coordinator keeps you informed and may request further information and clarifications. Should any changes to the material be required, it will be done in cooperation with you. Once this is done, the description of the material in SND's web catalogue is published, and the deposited data is provided with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This is a unique identifier for digital material, which makes your data easier to search for and quote. After that, updates of e.g. file format and storage medium when applicable. You can always get your deposited data back if you wish.