You may collect and retain data throughout your research project.
It is important that you design your data on the understanding/assumption that it will be shared:
When naming files, try to include:
This seems like a lot of information, but it can be achieved with initial or codes. For example: 20201016_RDM_ CF_PPT_v2NewFormat.ppt
If this becomes complex, use a readme.txt file to record the system.
Some other recommendations:
You will need to ensure that your research data is stored securely for the life of the project and for any required retention period. Research funding bodies may mandate where research data must be stored including institutional, national or international repositories.
When deciding on data storage and access, always consider how sensitive the data is. Care should be taken when storing all sensitive or confidential data, especially if it relates to research with human subjects.
Store your data in more than one place and in more than one medium. Storing your data in multiple places and mediums ensures that data files can be restored, if they are corrupted, damaged or go missing.
Store the data in a format that is machine readable, avoiding proprietary formats if you can.
If your data can be shared, consider storing your data in a data repository or archive.