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Mary Vardigan, Peter Granda & Lynette Hoelter

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 29: Documenting Survey Data Across the Life Cycle

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Documenting Survey Data Across the Life Cycle
Documenting survey data across the life cycle
Mary VardiganPeter GrandaLynette Hoelter

Just as expectations around open access to research data have risen in recent years, so too have expectations for robust metadata and documentation that provide a complete picture of a dataset from its inception through data publication and beyond. Researchers increasingly want access to detailed information about what happens in the early phases of survey design and implementation: the sampling process, questionnaire development, fieldwork, post-survey data processing, weighting – basically all elements of the survey data life cycle. It is clear that knowing more about what occurs along the life course of a survey sheds light on the quality of the resulting dataset. Open access to data itself ...

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