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Here we are referring to the names assigned to the files that contain your data. The goal is to be able to locate the specific file that you need with ease. The file name should help people accurately identify the file. Moreover, it should be descriptive, in the sense that the name should give an idea about the content of the file. This can be achieved by embedding some keyword in the file name. Other information that can be incorporated into the name that helps facilitate identification is the date the file was created and the person responsible for the content. The name should be descriptive but not too long.
Tips for naming your data
Assign a name that gives people a good idea of the content without having to open the file.
Establish a system and be consistent.
Avoid using spaces. Substitute them for hyphens (-) or underscores (_). Furthermore, you can eliminate spaces and just use capital letters at the beginning of each word. This is known as "camel case".
Examples: benthic_seabed, BenthicSeabed
When naming a research data file, include terms related to its creator, location, date of collection, or subject matter. This will help you identify and locate the specific files you need more easily.
Create file names that are short but descriptive.
If there are different versions of a document, identify each version within its file name.