Reasons for managing, preserving, and sharing your data include:
This list was compiled by Lizzy Rolando (Research Data Librarian at Georgia Tech) and Jennifer Doty (Data Management Specialist at Emory University).
1. Capture something about the place, time, and theme of your data will help you identify which file you want.
2. Use a file name as short as possible yet still descriptive. This will make it easier when you use scripted file processing.
3. Do not use blank spaces in your file names. Use the underscore "_" or use "CamelCaps" where you run all words together and capitalize each word.
4. Consider placing data files in a separate space from your computer's operating system. This can be an external hard drive, server space, or a separate partition on a hard drive.
File Name Examples:
Bad: Year1 or Summer07
5. Consider appending a version number (eg. v1) to the end of the file name.