"Not one system is going to put structure in your data, because it doesn't understand your research. The structure comes from you." - Patrick Vandewalle
If you want your research data to be easily traced and interpreted, it is vital to store it in a structured and consistent way with appropriate data documentation (metadata). The folder structure used for the data and the file names for the data files should be logical (see box).
Maybe the researcher already uses a system that contains a certain degree of structure. Maybe a folder structure is already in place and when data is uploaded, basic meta data such as author, date etc. have to be added, datalab such as Dataverse network(1) or a datalab created in Sharepoint are good examples.