A logical folder structure facilitates access to your files for you and others. We will briefly take a look at why folder structure and file organization is important and show you one way to accomplish this.
One common mistake is saving all your research files in a single folder. While this keeps everything in one place, there isn't enough structure to allow you to easily distinguish your files from one another. If you use multiple folder and subfolders, creating a hierarchy, you will more easily be able to keep track of your research files. This hierarchy also makes it easy for others to understand and work with your files. Some examples of data-related files you will want to organize are: raw data, results, documentation, procedures, field notebooks, and others.
Here are some things to keep in mind when creating a folder structure: