Principle 13 - Data Documentation.
Detailed information about University administrative data must be created, maintained
and made available.
Convenient, complete and well-understood documentation of University administrative
data is required to maintain its accuracy and to make the data easier to locate,
share, interpret, and use.
- Standards are needed for data documentation. Examples of needed documentation
included data naming, data definition, relationships with other data, validation
rules, storage location and data chronology (timing of data collection, data
volatility, length of retention etc.
- A central, accessible electronic repository must be created, maintained,
and supported for retention of the data architecture and the data documentation.
It is advantageous for all documentation about "University administrative data" to
reside in a central repository.
- Creating complete, correct definitions for data takes considerable effort.
Projects should allow time and resources to reflect this effort.
- Documentation for historical data must be maintained and made available.
- The data steward is responsible for ensuring that documentation is complete
and adheres to standards.
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