Best practices for creating documentation
Documentation may take many forms:
Using a file naming convention (FNC) is a simple way to organize your files.
[FNC for journal articles explanation]
[FNC for Excel spreadsheets explanation]
Use versioning to track your progress
The easiest way to track file versions is to add 'v01', 'v02', etc at the end of your FNC. Update the version number after each change to the file. Avoid names like 'last', 'initial', 'final', etc. or use software that tracks file versioning like Google Drive.
MOST IMPORTANTLY - Be consistent with your organization practices. Consistency is key to ensuring that you can find your data!
Need to rename many files? Try using a batch renaming tool:
More information on FNCs - Purdue University Librarie's File Naming Conventions Guide: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/c.php?g=353298&p=2378641
Follow the LOCKSS principle: Lots of Copies, Keep Stuff Safe
Practice the 3-2-1 rule. You should have:
Your research data is very valuable so it should be stored safely and securely. Doing so will reduce the likelihood of data loss.