Research Data Management

Research data management (RDM) is the collection, organization, and dissemination of data gathered during the research process. This subject guide provides information about research data management best practices and resources for the OHSU community.

File naming

 File naming best practice

More tips and guidance on file naming:

Related software and tools for file naming:

File versioning

Simple tips to capture different versions/iterations of data and documentation produced during research:

  • Adopt a file naming convention to capture versions of file (see File naming).
  • Save only those versions with significant changes.
  • OHSU Box can help manage versions of files - check out the Data storage section for more information.

File formats

The following file formats are recommended for long-term access and storage:

Type Format File extension
Text Adobe Acrobat PDF/A .pdf
Text Plain text (US-ASCII, UTF-8) .txt
Text XML .xml
Tabular Comma separated values .csv
Image (still) TIFF .tif, .tiff
Image (still) PNG .png
Image (moving) MOV .mov
Image (moving) AVI (uncompressed) .avi

Metadata & data standards

Metadata describes research data collected and assists with the retrieval and processing of data during a research project.

Data standards recommend content and formatting in order to share, exchange, and understand data.