Best practices for file naming:
File organization - things to keep in mind:
Tufts TTS offers secure research data storage on the R drive, with space starting at 50 gigabytes to several terabytes, depending on your needs.
If you are looking for cloud storage, you can use Tufts Box. You get unlimited storage in this collaborative space, which is accessible from any place with an internet connection. It is free and you can log in with your Tufts UTLN and password.
Keep in mind that sensitive or personally-identifying data must be encrypted (converted to unreadable code) in case of loss or theft. TTS offers whole disk encryption services, with a limited number of free licenses available. You can also purchase encrypted external drives from places like Amazon.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backing up your files protects you from data loss. Exercise the 3-2-1 rule:
Documenting is important so that you and others can find, make sense of, and actually use your research data!
Different types of documentation:
Tip: Develop standard conventions among all reseachers in your lab and BE CONSISTENT in the way that you describe your content. Make sure you include an explanation of your naming conventions in your documentation!
There are general and discipline-specific standards for documenting research data available for researchers to choose from. These standards outline what pieces of information you should include in your documentation.
What is an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)?
An ELN is like a traditional paper lab notebook, only with extra features. ELNs can be used to document your research methods and processes, as well as keep your files, data, and images in one place. ELNs allow you to collaborate, keep track of previous versions of your work, and search through all of your documents.
ELNs at Tufts