File Management

Effective file management of your data can play a key role in the success of your project. Organizing your files with a consistent system and file naming structure can make your data easier to understand, share and preserve.

Some tips for naming your files:

  • Avoid special characters and spaces
  • Use capitals and underscores or compound words “CamelCase”
  • Use no more than 32 characters, preferably much less.
  • Use date format: YYYYMMDD (ISO 8601)
  • Use meaningful names
  • Include versioning information

More information:

Case Study: Exemplar of a Good File Naming System (Source: library.stanford.edu)