There are six key recommendations for managing your data/digital materials to ensure their longevity and usefulness:
  1. store and back them up
  2. keep data/digital materials in sustainable formats
  3. include metadata to preserve contextual information about who collected/created it, the date, instrument settings, etc.
  4. organize and structure them using file naming/versioning conventions, ontologies/vocabularies, and/or databases
  5. keep them secure and implement procedures for keeping sensitive data private
  6. include explanations about how data may be re-used and how the source of the data should be acknowledged