What are the recommended best practices for naming datasets and resources?

For datasets: the keywords in your dataset title are matched to the search terms users enter when looking for data in HDX. Avoid using abbreviations in the title that users may not be familiar with. Also avoid using words such as current, latest or previous when referring to the time period (e.g., latest 3W), as these terms become misleading as the dataset ages. The following is a good example of a dataset title: ‘Who is Doing What Where in Afghanistan in Dec 2016’.

For resources: by default, the resource name is the name of the uploaded file. However, you can change this if needed to make it more clear to users.

For zipped shapefiles: we recommend the filename be name_of_the_file.shp.zip. However, the system does not require this construction.