Knowing how to manage, share, and protect your research data is crucial to your academic and professional success.
Follow us during Love Your Data Week, Feb. 8-12. We will guide you through five activities to help get your data organized, secure, and ready for write-up, sharing and reuse.
Google “bad file names” and browse through the images for entertainment
If you don’t already have a folder structure and/or file naming scheme, come up with one and share it. Some good practices are described below.
- Discuss as a team to decide on a scheme that works for the whole group
- For example, a sequence of 1-10 should be numbered 01-10; a sequence of 1-100 should be numbered 001-010-100.
- Some people like to use a dash ( – ) to separate words
- Others like to separate words by capitalizing the first letter of each (e.g., DST_FileNamingScheme_20151216)
- Put dates at the beginning or the end of your files, not in the middle
- OK: DST_FileNamingScheme_20151216
- OK: 20151216_DST_FileNamingScheme
- AVOID: DST_20151216_FileNamingScheme
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