Managing Your Data: Assign Descriptive File Names

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This training module is part of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (or ESIP Federation's) Data Management for Scientists Short Course. The subject of this module is "Assign Descriptive File Names."  This module was authored by Robert Cook from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Besides the ESIP Federation, sponsors of this Data Management for Scientists Short Course are the Data Conservancy and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).In this module we’re going to talk about how to construct unique file names that can be readily identified and found. The file names should reflect the contents of each file and include enough information so you can uniquely identify the file. The practices have been written for data files, but we think you’ll see that these practices can also be used for other types of files, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even your pictures.  The goal is to have you open a directory on your computer, be able to readily identify the contents of each file and get to the file that you need.   This module is available in both presentation slide and video formats.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Robert Cook
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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States - CC BY 3.0 US
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No fee
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Cook, R. 2012. “Local Data Management – Managing Your Data: Assign Descriptive File Names.” In Data Management for Scientists Short Course, edited by Ruth Duerr and Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners: ESIP Commons. doi:10.7269/P3F18WNR
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
English
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data management
Data sharing
File naming
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Monday, October 1, 2012
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doi:10.7269/P3F18WNR
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DOI
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Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation)
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Presentation - representation of the particular way in which an author shows, describes or explains one or more concepts, e.g., a set of Powerpoint slides.
Contributor Name: 
Name: 
Ruth E. Duerr
Type: 
Writing – Review & Editing
Name: 
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
Type: 
Writing – Review & Editing
Name: 
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
Type: 
Voiceover Video Performer
Contact Person(s): 
Robert Cook
Contact Organization(s): 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
Up to 1 hour
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ESIP Data Management for Scientists Short Course
Framework Node: ESIP Data Management For Scientists Short Course: 
Local Data Management