Data description

From Science Europe Data Glossary

Definition: data (set) description/documentation is the description of the data (set) that will be or has been generated or collected, its origin (in case it is collected), nature and scale and to whom it could be useful, and whether it underpins one or more scientific publications.
Explanation: the description may contain additional information about the data set, for instance on the existence of similar data and the possibilities for integration and reuse.
See also: metadata; data paper