CSV data files missing headers

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  • name: CSV data files missing headers

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Some datasets listed as being CSV only have data. The files are missing the first line, which should supply names for each field. This means the field names then have to be hunted down in some other location.

Otherwise, the CSV is formatted properly.

It's easiest for parsing if the field names are right in the data files. If they aren't, their location should be made obvious.


  • All the Medicare datasets are like this.
  • Look at Dataset 745 (Skilled Nursing Facility Medicare Cost Report Data, 1996).

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Google Spreadsheet: no hdr (under layout) - Category:Datafile layout no header

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Dcterms:created23 June 2010  +
Dcterms:creatorSarah Magidson  +
Foaf:nameCSV data files missing headers
Related tagCsv missing header  +, and Datafile layout no header  +
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