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Data protocol, specifying agreements on the organisation, structure, coding and sharing of the information collected in the WASHCost project.

TitleWASHCost data organization and coding protocol
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsVerhoeven, J, Fonseca, C, Adjei, K, Batchelor, C, Bostoen, K, Jayakumar, N, Klutse, A, Naafs, A, Meijs, B, Murthy, V
Date Published06/2010
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
The WASHCost data organization and coding protocol describes the agreements reached on how we organise, code, store and share our research data in the WASHCost project. These agreements were made during the WASHCost Data Organisation and Coding meeting that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands from the 25th of February till the 2nd of March 2010. 
Main objective of WASHCost data organisation and storage system has been to enable the WASHCost team and outsiders to track the source of each data point if and when required. 

The protocol builds on existing ways of working in the WASHCost project. Each country team has been organising, coding and storing the information that they have collected during the pilot testing of the research protocol in 2009. The agreed system is simple and transparent and works within the different country contexts and existing ways of working. The aim has been to link the different systems together without causing much extra work or making it unnecessarily complex, rather than imposing the same structure on each country team. Harmonization in this respect is not about being the same, but being compatible





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