Follow best practices while collecting or generating your data and you will save time when you are asked to validate your work or share your data.
Think in advance about:
Plan for reusing your data by using best practices for:
Backup your data on local and remote external servers and have a contingency plan for restoring lost data
Formatting for long term preservation
When naming files in your data set, be consistent and descriptive.
To prevent data from being lost to incompatibility, store it as formats and on hardware that are open standard, not proprietary.
|Type of Data||Recommended Format||Avoid These Formats|
|Plain Text||.txt||.docx, .doc, .rtf|
|Tabular Text||.csv, .tsv||.xlsx, .xls|
|Image||.jp2, .tiff||.jpg, .psd|
Best Practices Primer from DataONE for more details