1. PC Basics > 1.1 Folder Structure
Folder Structure for Data Files
General-Purpose Folder Structure for Data Files
manage the many files used by these exercises and the products that are
created, some sort of "standard" folder structure is required. In
this exercise you will create a "basic" folder structure, consisting of
the top levels only (2 or 3 levels within the main folder). During
the exercises to follow, you will be asked to save files to folders in this
structure. Feel free to add subfolders or change the folder names,
however you wish.
Just make sure to use long
filenames that uniquely specify your files (in your own invented system,
if you wish). The smaller your folder structure, the more important
long filenames become. There's a link just below to a helpful
Preliminary Reading: N/A
/w help from friends
exercise was radically upgraded in June 2011, due to comments provided by
the students in the Ghent University's Erasmus Mundus MSc in Marine
Biodiversity and Conservation, and also by the POGO IV Class at
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
|2. This is the structure we
recommend for creating a general-purpose data collection for any selected
marine area. We've tested various similar structures for many years,
and this is the best one. In the steps below, you'll make this
|3. Use Windows Explorer to
create this folder structure (or similar). The important thing is to
make a PROJECTS folder, and a LIBERIA folder. You can make folders for
any other region of interest, such as PAGO_PAGO.
|4. This is a BAT file (or CMD file if your PC can't run BAT files) that will make the
desired folders anywhere you want. Copy the text, without any leading or trailing empty lines
into a file name MAKEFOLDERS.BAT (or MAKEFOLDERS.CMD).
Save the file to the LIBERIA folder.
NOTE: If you don't know anything about BAT or CMD files, then read
the reference document cited above for more information. For your quick
- MD XX - Means make a directory named XX
- CD XX - Means change to a directory named XX
- CD .. - Means move up to the directory one level above
on the BAT (or CMD) file to run it. That will create the folders you
need in current folder location. Use Windows Explorer to examine the
new folders to make sure the structure is like that in Panel 2, above.
If anything is missing, then simply add it manually with Windows Explorer.
|6. This method
put the entire folder in the PROJECTS > LIBERIA folder, but of course you
can move it anywhere you want. Just run it again, and you'll have a new
empty folder structure there.