In addition to using data provided by library and web resources, you will likely be collecting your own data as you conduct your BC-specific studies. Here are some good practices to follow as you do this.
• Make the names consistent and descriptive … and UNIQUE
• Avoid spaces and special characters
• Use brief names
• Can Contain:
Work as a group to choose folders that make sense to all. Here are some possible ways to organize.
By Types of Data ("Interview Data" or "GIS Data")
By Data Source (BC Facilities, BC Libraries, etc.)
By Name of collector (group member)
Handling of null values
Define abbreviations in readme.txt file or in a “codebook”
Record dates for best sorting (YYYYMMDD)
Check periodically for data corruption/integrity using functions such as checksum.
Flag problematic data
Consider making your raw data files “read only”
Finally, avoid manual data entry whenever possible