A logical and organized folder structure can make it easier to keep track of project information.
Retain the original, unedited outputs from software and hardware to preserve source data.
Ensure future access to your data files by using standard, stable, commonly-used file formats.
Library of Congress recommended format specifications
A guide to file formats recommended for long term access and preservation
Develop a file and folder naming convention and document it so all team members can follow it.
Good practices in choosing file and folder names:
File Naming Best Practices
Assign descriptive file names
DataONE's best practices guide for file naming
File Naming & Tracking Changes (Version Control)
University of Oregon's guidance for file naming best practices
File Renaming Tools
Bult Rename Utility
A free tool for Windows
A free online file renaming tool
A free tool for Linux, Mac, or Windows
A free batch renaming tool for Mac