Data Bites: Writing better READMEs

Tuesday, January 09, 2024 at 1:00pm to 1:30pm

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README files are standard for software, but they provide useful basic documentation for datasets as well. Get up to speed on efficiently writing useful README files for datasets and software in this short class. We’ll cover some common things you should include in these files, as well as how to provide a citation to ensure you get credit for your hard work, and we will share links to resources. Save yourself time and trouble – if you are sharing data or software, you need READMEs!

Data Bites workshop series

Join the MIT Libraries Data Management Services team on Zoom during IAP 2024 for bite-sized half-hour workshops on specific data management topics. Register for one or all!

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