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Organize your files

File version control

Keeping track of versions of documents and datasets is critical. Strategies include:

  • Directory structure naming conventions
    • Directory top-level folder should include the project title, unique identifier, and date.
    • The substructure should have a clear and documented naming convention, such as numbering or naming the experiment runs, dataset versions, and/or researchers.
  • File naming conventions
    • Reserve the 3-letter file extension for application-specific codes, for example, formats like .wrl, .mov, and .tif.
    • Identify the activity or project in the file name
    • Many disciplines have recommendations, for example: DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program

For more help, see materials from our workshop on file organization.