On the communication of scientific data: The Full-Metadata Format

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2010

  • Author: Riede, Moritz

    Technische Universität Dresden (DE), Institut für Angewandte Photophysik

  • Author: Schueppel, Rico

    Technische Universität Dresden (DE), Institut für Angewandte Photophysik

  • Author: Sylvester-Hvid, Kristian O.

    Solar Energy Programme, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark

  • Author: Kühne, Martin

    Universität Freiburg (DE), Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum

  • Author: Röttger, Michael C.

    Universität Freiburg (DE), Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum

  • Author: Zimmermann, Klaus

    Universität Freiburg (DE), Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum

  • Author: Liehr, Andreas W.

    Universität Freiburg (DE), Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum

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In this paper, we introduce a scientific format for text-based data files, which facilitates storing and communicating tabular data sets. The so-called Full-Metadata Format builds on the widely used INI-standard and is based on four principles: readable self-documentation, flexible structure, fail-safe compatibility, and searchability. As a consequence, all metadata required to interpret the tabular data are stored in the same file, allowing for the automated generation of publication-ready tables and graphs and the semantic searchability of data file collections. The Full-Metadata Format is introduced on the basis of three comprehensive examples. The complete format and syntax are given in the appendix.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Publication date2010
Volume181
Issue3
Pages651-652
ISSN0010-4655
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 3
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