Organized data is important for every stage of your research process. By making sure your data is organized and easily accessible, you will be able to revisit your work easily and your team members will be able to work collectively, even at different times or places. By planning ahead and following organization techniques, a lot of time will be saved later.
File formats are typically determined by the type of hardware or research output involved with your project. You may already be aware of the best file format for your project or you may have to do some extra research. Keep in mind, for preservation reasons, your research may need to be converted to another format as the last stage of your project. This will ensure that your work is accessible for as long as possible!
For more information on file format selection, visit Cornell’s Research Data Management Service Group’s file format page.
It’s important that your research files are organized to ensure easy accessibility and cross-referencing. No one wants to spend extra time digging through poorly labeled folders to find a specific piece of data.
Basic information that you should consider including in your file names (also known as naming conventions) are as follows:
Additional tips for file naming includes:
Be sure to create a guide for your naming conventions that lays out options in a clear and precise way. This will help your team members all stay on the same page and will ensure your files stay organized.