If you have data from a past project, thats great. But there are a few challenges to note:
- The way the data is defined, could be different from the way ASLM defines data.
- The data may not be of high quality; or unknown quality.
To begin incorporating the data into your lab registry, confirm if there are any overlap between the dataset in question and other data that has been collected. If sites do overlap, make sure to assign a common ID to the record, so it doesn't create a duplicate record; but rather updates the record for that lab that was already in the system.
Some manual process or data cleaning may be required to ensure the common ID is assigned, and that the data specification isnt affected, or prevents the simple aggregation of data.