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How Libraries Should Manage Data by Brian Cox

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4

Starting from scratch

This chapter shows how data should be structured to ensure the maximum amount of information can be wrung from your raw data. The chapter starts by using library examples to illustrate the type of useful information that can be gleaned from properly structured data. The author shows how variation can be hidden within aggregated data, and how a lack of understanding of variation can lead to poor decision making. This chapter then discusses the steps that need to be considered in creating a data structure that can produce useful information, both from a technical perspective of what needs to be done to create useful spreadsheets, and from the practical perspective of the things that need to be considered when interpreting ...

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