The organizational structure of your data can help you easily locate files when revisiting a past project and can help secondary users find, identify, select, and obtain the data they require.
For best results, data structure should be fully modeled top-to-bottom/beginning-to-end in the planning phase of a project.
You'll want to devise ways to express the following:
Think of a file name as a unique identifier for each of your files. Following a naming convention allows you to simplify the organization of your files and locate your files with ease, as well as making it easier for others to understand and reuse your data. This is particularly important when you are working on a collaborative project.
Here are some recommended best practices for naming your files:
Folder structure for your files can assist in the unique identification of the files contained within them. Consider the structure of the folders containing your data files before you begin to collect your data. Ideas for how to organize your folders include:
Consider these examples:
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