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Describe the contents of data files

Best Practice: 

A description of the contents of the data file should contain the following:

  • Define the parameters and the units on the parameter
  • Explain the formats for dates, time, geographic coordinates, and other parameters
  • Define any coded values
  • Describe quality flags or qualifying values
  • Define missing values
Description Rationale: 

The contents of the data files should be described in the data file and in the documentation