A README file is a text file that contains information about other files in a directory.
For eScholarship@UMassChan, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School's institutional repository, a README file is required before your data is approved for posting in the repository. The general README file we suggest you complete is available here:
If your discipline requires more rigorous and detailed README files or metadata, you can upload that file with the data you are depositing into eScholarship@UMassChan.
Example README files:
If you have questions about completing a README file, or other questions about managing and sharing your data, please contact Tess Grynoch, email@example.com
A data dictionary represents the structure of your dataset. Each row in a data dictionary, which is generally a spreadsheet, corresponds to a field in your data entry form and provides a detailed description of each variable, such as:
If you have questions about compiling a data dictionary, or other questions about managing and sharing your data, please contact Tess Grynoch, firstname.lastname@example.org