This following tools can make your life easier when processing and analyzing data.
1. Use a scripted program for analysis.
2. Always store an uncorrected data file. Do not make any corrections to this file.
3. Thoroughly document any processing done on a data set so that it can be duplicated.
4. Save any scripts or code used to process so that it can duplicated.
Content on this page was taken from the following report:
Borer, Elizabeth T., Seabloom, Eric W., Jones, Matthew B., & Schildhauer, Mark. (2009). Some simple guidelines for effective data management. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 90(2), 205-214. doi: 10.1890/0012-9623-90.2.205