What file formats should I use for my data? Am I using proprietary formats? How accessible will my data be if the software I'm using to work with it disappears?
To ensure the future use of your data, file formats should be
Examples of open formats
For more information on recommended file formats, go here: Recommended Formats Statement
Adopt a naming convention and use it throughout a project (or throughout your career). Consider including a README.txt file that explains your naming convention and any codes or abbreviations you use.
This readme.txt template provides detailed recommendations for how to describe and cite your data. readme.txt template
Rules to follow when naming directories and files
If you need to rename many files, try a file naming application such as:
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