Different dates, times, locations, researchers, collection methods, and a myriad of other variables will be present throughout the lifecycle of a research project. Deciding on how you want to organize your data and all it's possible versions before beginning will help you and your team stay consistent throughout the project.
Core aspects of organization will include file naming systems and conventions, as well as file formats.
Some best practices for organization:
If possible use uncompressed, non-proprietary (open) formats.
For more information, see the Library of Congress Recommended Formats Section.
File Naming Tips
Examples of Information to Include:
•Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt project, experiement 1 done in Louisville, KY on April 25, 2021; data file created
•Image of brain tissue sample number 4 taken by Dan Smith on December 3, 2020