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This article details the novel structure developed to handle, harmonize and document big data for reuse and long-term preservation. ‘The Longitudinal IntermediaPlus (2014–2016)’ big data dataset is uniquely rich: it covers an array of German online media extendable to cross-media channels and user information. The metadata file for this dataset, and its documentation, were recently deposited as its own MySQL database called charmstana_sample_14-16.sql (!Detail/10.7802/2030) (cs16) and is suitable for generating descriptive statistics. Analogous to the ‘Data View’ in spss, the charmstana_analysis (ca) contains the dataset’s numerical values. Both the cs16 and ca MySQL files are needed to conduct analysis on the full database. The research challenge was to process large-scaled datasets into one longitudinal, big-data data source suitable for academic research, and according to fair principles. The authors review four methodological recommendations that can serve as a framework for solving big-data structuring challenges, using the harmonization software CharmStats.

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In: Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences