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NCJ Number: 62766 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: STYLE MANUAL FOR MACHINE-READABLE DATA FILES AND THEIR DOCUMENTATION
Author(s): R C ROISTACHER
Corporate Author: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 78-SS-AX-0028
Publication Number: SD-T-3
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS MANUAL PRESENTS A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF STANDARDS AND TECHNIQUES FOR FORMATING AND DOCUMENTING MACHINE-READABLE DATA FILES.
Abstract: EXTENSIVE EXAMPLES OF DOCUMENTATION ARE PROVIDED. THE DESCRIPTIONS OF SYNTAX AND STYLISTIC ELEMENTS DO NOT DEPEND ON WHETHER DOCUMENTATION IS PRODUCED MANUALLY OR AS A MACHINE-READABLE TEXT FILE. THE MANUAL COVERS A HISTORY OF THE PROJECT WHICH PRODUCED THE DATA FILE, EVOLUTION OF THE DATA FROM THE POINT OF COLLECTION UNTIL CONVERSION TO MACHINE-READABLE FORM, A SUMMARY OF THE DATA FILE'S DATA PROCESSING HISTORY, AND A DICTIONARY LISTING OF THE DATA ITEMS IN THE FILE. ALSO DISCUSSED ARE RULES OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR PRODUCING AND DOCUMENTING MACHINE-READABLE DATA FILES. APPENDIXES CONTAIN GLOSSARIES, ERROR LISTINGS, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, AND OTHER INFORMATION. THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION AND STATISTICS SERVICE (NCJISS) SUPPORTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS MANUAL TO AID CRIMINAL JUSTICE ANALYSTS AND RESEARCHERS WHO DEVELOP MACHINE-READABLE DATA SETS. A CHECKLIST FOR DOCUMENTATION AND A SET OF TECHNICAL STANDARDS ARE ALSO INCLUDED. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Automation; Computer aided operations; Crime data files; Criminal justice information systems; Data communications; Procedure manuals; Research methods
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