Data organization, metadata, and documentation

Learn about best practices for data organization and documentation.

Course presentation


Are you struggling to keep track of your research data files? Are you sure your files are in a format that is easy to share and archive?

In this module, you will learn about best practices for data organization and documentation, and about metadata. We will discuss structuring project directories and using the file formats most suited for long-term archiving. We will also introduce the concept of metadata and discuss how to document your research data in a clean and systematic way.

We will wrap up with a question and answer session where you will be able to ask us any questions you might have about data organisation, metadata, and documentation.

Target Audience

PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and research support staff at the University of Oslo.

Learning Objectives

After the workshop, you:

  • are familiar with the best practices for data organization and documentation
  • know which file formats are suited for long-term archiving
  • are familiar with the concept of metadata
  • know how to create well structured directories and write smart filenames


The course will take place digitally on Zoom and meeting link will be sent out to the registered participants the day before the course. The course is delivered by The University of Oslo Library and Digital Scholarship Center – as part of the Skills Development for Research Data project funded by the UiO Advisory Council for eInfrastructure.


Agata Bochynska, PhD | Open Research, University of Oslo Library


Published Sep. 8, 2021 5:26 PM - Last modified Oct. 21, 2021 4:11 PM