Thorsten Arendt et al.
Concepts and services for the homogenization and management of file structures in collaborative neuroscientific projects
With the GIN-Tonic tool, we provide researchers with a default file organization and file sharing system for research projects in order to facilitate research collaboration and lab management. In contrast to software developers, researchers mostly do not organize files according to a common standard. While data managers propose to design and follow such an organization, they fail at providing clear recommendations or examples to researchers; and there is no time specifically assigned to this task in the researcher’s work. We believe that providing researchers with a commonly accepted folder tree structure template could make a huge difference in promoting data management and facilitating research collaboration. This paper presents the results of an initial survey run in three neuroscientific collaborative research centres in Germany (CRC 1315, CRC 1158, CRC/TRR 135), including a presentation of a new folder structure and its technical implementation in the GIN-Tonic application.