27 February 2012

File Naming -- Much More Important Than We Often Think!

Anyone who has not been able to find a file on their computer or who has wondered what the file name “Sm Rev” could possibly mean (surely it made some sense when you originally chose that name!?!?!) might find this four-part video tutorial (created by the NC Department of Cultural Resources) helpful.  It describes why file naming is important, how to change a file name, what not to do when changing a file name, and best practices for file naming. These brief videos simply and clearly describe how deliberate file naming, a common everyday practice, can lead to responsible file management and ongoing digital preservation.

Do you have a file naming horror story (or success) to share with us?




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