Organize your files and folders
Organizing your files and folders - electronic or paper - is a time-consuming activity but, in the end, it proves to be a considerable help: it makes it easier and faster to identify, locate, retrieve or even recover your data.
A good organization consists in particular of :
Structure your folders hierarchically (classification tree)
Use clear, consistent and most meaningful naming conventions and rules
Ideally, these rules should be defined as soon as possible in the life of the project, before creating too many files and folders. To avoid being overwhelmed, remember to sort, arrange or reorganize them regularly !
When you are conducting a research project as part of a team, it is essential that the whole group agree on the structure of folders and the name of the files to be adopted. This can be recorded and documented to allow everyone to access and find stored and shared data via the same collaborative workspace.
Folder and file tree structure
Organizing your files and folders is a task that should be thought out and carried out at the very beginning of the research project. It is important to choose a clear, consistent and common organization for the different data sets.