Adopting and documenting some best practices can go a long way toward setting you up for success and avoiding frustrations resulting from lost data, forgotten variable definitions, or missed steps in data analysis. Documenting this information can also help when collaborating and sharing your data with others.
Using a file naming convention will help you keep your files organized. Adopt a consistent, meaningful naming convention for your files by incorporating meaningful information in the file names:
When naming your files,
Just like a consistent file naming convention, document how you'll organize your files:
For more in depth information, refer to the Research Data Management section of the Library website.
You never know when something will go wrong. It's important to create and stick to a plan for backing up your data.
For more information about backup and security visit the Information Security website.
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