File Naming and Organization
Bulk File Renaming
Part of storing data during a project involves organizing directories and files. Consider how the data will be organized during the project.
Be consistent. Have standardized conventions for naming directory structure, folder names, and file names.
Be descriptive. Try to keep file and folder names to less than 32 characters. Within reason, include relevant information such as:
File Version Control Indicate software used. Follow these naming conventions for version control
File name example: 201510_dscplanning_interviews.csv
The above example indicates that it is a file of data compiled from interviews conducted during October 2015 for Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) planning.
Version control systems are a good way to manage your research code and files. These systems track differences between file versions. Here are two popular systems: