Managing clinical research data: software tools for hypothesis exploration.


Journal Article

Data representation, data file specification, and the communication of data between software systems are playing increasingly important roles in clinical data management. This paper describes the concept of a self-documenting file that contains annotations or comments that aid visual inspection of the data file. We describe access of data from annotated files and illustrate data analysis with a few examples derived from the UNIX operating environment. Use of annotated files provides the investigator with both a useful representation of the primary data and a repository of comments that describe some of the context surrounding data capture.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Starmer, CF; Dietz, MA

Published Date

  • July 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 87 /

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 11

PubMed ID

  • 2269239

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2269239

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-9924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-6765

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1289/ehp.90875


  • eng