Data organization principles:
Document (in a readme text file) the following:
*Information adapted from Educopia Institute ETD+ Toolkit
"Metadata is descriptive or contextual information which refers to or is associated with another object or resource. This usually takes the form of a structured set of elements which describes the information resource and assists in the identification, location, and retrieval of it by users, while facilitating content and access management." (Digital Curation Centre)
It exists to help users find and understand content.
Metadata also helps determine:
Data dictionaries and codebooks are examples of metadata as well.
Common metadata fields:
Example: Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
*Some information adapted from Educopia Institute ETD+ Toolkit
File Naming Conventions (FNCs) can help others (and you, in the future) better understand and navigate through your work.
FNCs are also important for version control: the process of managing changes to your files over time. Save copies of files as you make changes and keep your file naming scheme consistent to ensure you are able to find what changes were made when (and by whom).