Optimising the reuse of data is the ultimate goal, and to achieve this, metadata and data should be well-described so that they can be used, replicated and combined in different settings.

For data objects to be Reusable, additional criteria are:

  • Data objects should be compliant with principles of findability, accessibility and interoperability.

  • (Meta) data should be sufficiently well-described and rich that it can be automatically (with minimal human effort) linked or integrated, with relevant data sources.

  • Published data objects should refer to their sources with rich enough metadata and provenance to enable proper citation.

This chapter is dedicated to the standards, licenses, practices and other resources necessary to improving the reusability of data.

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