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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF DIRECTORY ENTRIES
The directory contains a separate page entry for each data source. Under the 'Name of Collection', each directory entry is divided into two components; key metadata and detailed metadata and contains the following sections:
Each entry includes a 'dashboard' style snapshot of key aspects of the data source to assist readers to make an initial assessment as to whether the data source is likely to be useful for their purposes. Readers who make an initial assessment that a data source may be useful can then refer to the detailed metadata, which provides more substantial information about the data source, including contact information.
The three dashboard indicators of possible usefulness are geographic coverage, collection frequency and data availability. These were selected as metadata most likely to rule a data source out of use for any given purpose.
Each data source entry contains detailed information about the data source's content, history and collection processes to enable readers to assess the suitability of using data from this source to meet their research needs. Information is provided about the purpose and type of collection, the collection methodology, FDV-related data items that are available as outputs and hyperlinks to publications and data custodian's contact details.