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Data Dictionary and Controlled Vocabulary

This Data Dictionary + Controlled Vocabulary was created for Berkeley Copwatch’s People’s Database for Police Accountability. It defines the fields used in the database and the rules for entering data, including lists of terms and their meanings. It serves as a reference for Berkeley Copwatch to ensure consistent cataloging and accurate interpretation of the data.

We are sharing this document as part of a set of resources that describe the Berkeley Copwatch data model. We hope it can be used as a starting point and adapted by others who are designing their own community-centered police accountability databases.

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For related resources, check out the template for the database and the data diagrams.

Region/Country United States
Topic(s) Archiving & Preservation, Data, Police Violence
Type Guide
Language English