Directory Structure#

A directory structure is a hierarchical grouping of folders that can assist you to store and organise your files in a logical and efficient way.
A well-organised directory structure can help you easily locate your files and data. This is important because it can save you time and enable reproducibility. At some point you may want to further develop your research findings or someone else may want to expand on your research outcomes. You could also be asked to verify your project results. Being able to locate, understand and reproduce workflows, builds research integrity and trust in you as a researcher and your findings.

Designing your directory structure. Things to consider#

Managing data and information within a research project can easily become overwhelming. Some research groups may already have a file management protocol in place and if you are a PhD student, your supervisor may have some useful suggestion for managing your data including tips on designing your file management system.


Below are some examples of directory structures. Interact with each structure to learn about the folders, what they contain and to discover the benefits and restrictions of each.

Research project directory structure#

PhD project directory structure#

Download and explore#

To help get you started, download a copy of a research project directory structure HERE

Task: match the folder name to the content#