This is a set of conventions you define for naming data files and the folders you keep them in and for saving multiple versions of files.
Using naming/versioning conventions . . .
- prevents accidental overwrites or deletion
- makes it easier to locate specific data files
- preserves differences in the information content or functionality of different file versions
- prevents confusion if multiple people are working on shared files
|File and folder names||
- Define a naming convention and be consistent using it, especially if multiple people are sharing files.
- Avoid "/ \ : * ? " < > [ ] & $ in names. These characters have specific meanings in your computer's operating system that could result in misreading or deleting these files.
- Use underscores (_) not spaces to separate terms.
- Keep names short, 15-20 characters or less.
- Use names that describe the general category of files the folder contains.
- Keep names short, no more than 25 characters.
- Use names that describe the contents of the file.
- Include a date using the format recommended by ISO 8601: YYYY-MM-DD (This is important because the date stored with a file on your computer will be changed if the file is moved to another computer.)
- Don't include the folder name in the file name unless you are sharing files and there might be confusion about which folder a file should be added to.
- Include a version number at the end of the file name such as v01. Change this version number each time the file is saved.
- For the final version, substitute the word FINAL for the version number. (This is especially important if files are being shared.)
- Turn on versioning or tracking in collaborative works or storage spaces such as Wikis, GoogleDocs, or MyWebSpace.
- Use a versioning software such as Apache Subversion to automatically track versions of computer code.