- Organize and document your research results
- Link results with process that produce these results
- Help you to find what you were doing last time you worked on the project.
- Document known errors and inconsistencies in data.
- Allow collaboration. Your workflow needs to accommodate different work styles and computing systems.
- Provide opportunities to find errors.
- Allow you to build on past results in future studies, but also archive materials to replicate past results.
Elements of a good workflow (click on
links to see tips on how to implement each element to good effect)
File structure – directory and sub-directory structure, file naming conventions