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This documentation describes the policies, procedures, and services that existed while NSDL was operated by UCAR.

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  • Know the URL of the resource in NSDL that you are connecting paradata to
  • Determine the type of usage data being shared (integer, string, rank, vote or rating).
    • Currently the NSDL can only display integer paradata at this time. Any non-integer fields that are used will not be displayed
  • Understand the differences between the data types
    • Integer: indicates the number of times for something
    • String: is text (note, remark, keywords) to associate with a resource
    • Rank: position in a hierarchy
    • Rating: number of times rated on a scale
    • Vote: thumbs up/down indication
  • Determine the kind of data within each type (e.g. viewed, favorited for integer data)
  • Determine if usage data is summative from X point forward or applies to only a certain time period like a week
    • NOTE: Currently the NSDL can only display summative data from X point forward (i.e. a running total)
  • Determine if you want to sort usage data by audience, ed level, subject or no sorting
    • Currently the NSDL cannot sort by audience, ed level or subject
  • Understand the controlled vocabularies (choices) associated with each data type

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