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The guide is copied from the Cornell University, Research Data Management Service Group (https://data.research.cornell.edu/content/readme) under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Image Added

A readme file provides information about a data file and is intended to help ensure that the data can be correctly interpreted, by yourself at a later date or by others when sharing or publishing data. Standards-based metadata is generally preferable, but where no appropriate standard exists, for internal use, writing “readme” style metadata is an appropriate strategy.

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