Formats more likely to be accessible in the future are:
Examples of preferred format choices:
Also see this detailed list of file formats from the University of Oregon Library.
Metadata is data about data. Descriptive information, associated with your datasets, will help you and others make sense of your data and properly cite your work.
If you plan on depositing in a data repository, consult the repository directly about their metadata requirements. Most data repositories have their own metadata standards.
The University of Oregon Libraries and MIT Libraries have put together excellent overviews of metadata for research data. The Dublin Core metadata standard and DataCite's metadata schema are also good starting points.
When your data is well organized, described, and documented, other people will be able to understand and re-use it.
Questions to Consider:
You might consider including some of the following information in your file names, but you can include any information that will allow you to distinguish your files from one another:
(Adapted from Stanford University Libraries)
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