Archiving for Psychologists: Suggestions for Organizing, Documenting, Preserving, and Protecting Computer Files
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2011
© 2011 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 246–265, September 2011
How to Cite
DeCoster, J., O’Mally, J. and Iselin, A.-M. R. (2011), Archiving for Psychologists: Suggestions for Organizing, Documenting, Preserving, and Protecting Computer Files. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18: 246–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01257.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2011
- Received April 13, 2011; accepted April 17, 2011.
- computer files;
- data archiving;
- file archiving;
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 246–265, 2011]
Psychological researchers create a large number of files as part of their work, including study stimuli, assessment forms, data sets, analytic output, and manuscripts. We argue that it is fundamentally important that psychologists develop systematic ways of archiving these files. A well-designed file archive can greatly improve the efficiency of locating information, the security of stored files, the ability to recover from human and mechanical errors, the generation of future studies, and the sharing of knowledge with other psychologists. A survey of clinical psychologists demonstrated a need for greater knowledge and training in archiving. To address this issue, we describe the abstract demands that a file archive must meet and then provide concrete suggestions on how to meet these demands.