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The unseasonably warm weather we've had this month may be inspiring you to do some spring cleaning of your home and office. Today we're nudging you to focus some of that energy on your research data too.

 
   
 
 

 Determine a file naming strategy

When we're getting work done, we don't always think about how we name our files. That's how we sometimes end up with directories that look like this:

file nameSource: xkcd https://xkcd.com/1459/

Take some time now to think about a template for naming your files. Choose from the elements below (and think of others) that are meaningful to you and help you understand what's contained in your files:

  • Project lead's last name or initials
  • File creator's last name or initials
  • Project name/acronym
  • Date file created/generated (in YYYY-MM-DD format)
  • Version number (with leading zeroes)
 
   
 
 

Ready for the next level? Design an organized directory structure in 15 minutes

Use the File Structure and Naming Prompt Sheet from the Research Data Service to design a directory structure that sorts and organizes your project files in a way that works for you.

Working with a team? Bring the File Structure and Naming Prompt Sheet to your next meeting and work collaboratively to come up with a structure everyone can use.

 
   
 
 

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