data standard

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Data standard is a published specification, e.g. the structure of a particular file format, recommended nomenclature to use in a particular domain, a common set of metadata fields, etc. Conforming to relevant standards greatly increases the value of published data by improving machine readability and easing data integration. Source Open Data Handbook. The Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) is a lightweight data standard for exchanging humanitarian data in an interoperable way based on spreadsheet formats such as CSV or Excel.

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