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Catalogues and Metadatabases

Custodians are normally expected to document their datasets and to provide summary descriptions to potential users as required. It is generally considered to be good professional practice to document datasets, and custodians should aim to undertake this as a matter of routine (see Volume 7). Typical features to document include the theme, scale, completeness, currency, reliability, precision and pricing strategy of the dataset, plus details of how it was collected, its intended purposes, and the data standards and quality-assurance procedures which have been applied.

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