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April 24, 2012

File naming conventions

The Research Gateway needs one.

[descriptive_terms]_[startdate]_[enddate]_v[versionnumber].[extension]

Version numbers would increment with non-minor changes to the file (e.g., reformatting, addition of data, header changes).

I dislike the fact that end dates would also change. In my mind, once a file name is set, the only thing that should change going forth is the version number.

I should probably add an additional data set ID (or data file ID) to the file name.

Currently, I use the following (somewhat strictly enforced convention):

[descriptive_terms]_v[version number].[extension]

Posted by kkwaiser at April 24, 2012 04:02 PM

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