Establishing file naming conventions and folder hierarchies at the beginning of a research project will make it easier for you and your collaborators to navigate and find specific files, and avoid file duplication and accidental deletion. The most important rule is to be consistent. Best practices include:
For further guidance and examples of best practices, see Stanford Libraries guide.
A well structured file hierarchy will make it easier to locate and share your files. Some recommended practices include:
See an example of folder hierarchy from the UK Data Service.
Version control should be used where more than one version of a document exists, or where this is likely to be the case in the future. Developing a version control strategy is important for keep track of changes throughout a research project.
Consider following a Version Control Chart (University of Leicester)
For further guidance and examples of best practices, consult the UK Data Service guide.