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

Moritz Riede, Rico Schueppel, Kristian O. Sylvester-Hvid, Martin Kühne, Michael C. Röttger, Klaus Zimmermann, Andreas W. Liehr

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume181
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)651-652
    ISSN0010-4655
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Riede, M., Schueppel, R., Sylvester-Hvid, K. O., Kühne, M., Röttger, M. C., Zimmermann, K., & Liehr, A. W. (2010). On the communication of scientific data: The Full-Metadata Format. Computer Physics Communications, 181(3), 651-652. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2009.11.014