2. Before you start: organizing your files

Documentation of a dataset will be most efficient if you organize your data and other files properly. We recommend that, before anything else, you create the necessary directories as follows:

  • Create a directory for the survey. We suggest you name it using the country, survey’s year and the abbreviated name, e.g. “UGA_2018_HIES” for “Household Income and Expenditure Survey” of Uganda collected in 2018.
  • Create various sub-directories for the. data files (and for the various versions of the dataset if relevant)
  • Create sub-directories for the documentation and for the program files if relevant (see example).