One of the key challenges you will likely face during your research career is organising the data you collect as you go. Being able to easily retrieve that data during or after a project has ended is often useful for yourself, but increasingly may also be a requirement of any funded research.
This might involve some basic steps to think about early in your data collection process:
- Creating and managing a folder or directory structure
- Establishing a clear file-name structure to aid retrieval by yourself, colleagues and those you may share data with.
- Versioning to clearly identify and manage multiple file changes over a period of time.
- Consistent metadata to describe the contents of files and folders.
You can find guidance on managing, organising and sharing your research data via our Research Data Management web pages.
- UK Data Archive: Organising your data
- UK Data Archive: Formatting your data
- JISC Digital Media InfoKit: Metadata (Archived via WayBackMachine January 2016)
- National Archives: Managing Digital Records without an Electronic Record Management System