A well planned project will include both a file naming convention and directory structure that will ease the research process and increase efficiency.
A brief yet descriptive file naming convention improves your ability to find files later and quickly determine what they contain. The tips below improve cross compatibility of files between programming languages and software.
File name tips:
Example of a good file name:
SABOR is the project name
CK is the first and last initial of the data collector
04072014 is the DDMMYYYY the data was collected
S1 is the station number/location of the data
bb is the variable collected (backscatter)
432 is the wavelength that the data was collected
csv stands for the file type—ASCII comma separated variable
Instead of "bb 432" or "bb-432" use "bb_432".
Ideally, file formats selected for a project are chosen during the planning stages of a project with a specific data repository or archive in mind. Formats should be standard, nonproprietary, and open-access to ensure the long term accessibility of the data.
A more comprehensive list of metadata standards is provided by the UK Digital Curation Center.
Data backup is an essential component of data preservation.
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