Project Files (OSF Projects)

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Files: The file section of your project is an excellent place to hold all of your data, analysis, notes and other research materials. Below are help guides pertaining to project files, along with a preview of each help guide

  • Upload files 
    Each project and component can have its own set of files, allowing you to organize your files into categorical or hierarchical groups, like datasets or studies
  • Files Naming 
    Carefully choosing file names that are informative and useful for both humans and machines is a simple step towards reproducible research and help others find your materials. 
  • Organize Files 
    Organizing your files using informative names and locations helps to document what your files are and how they relate to other files.
  • Move Files 
    Move your files between project components, and to different folders in your project.
  • Delete a File 
    Remove a file from your project directory. 
  • View Project files and Images 
    You can read and view files uploaded to projects, and see them rendered on their own "File Detail" page. Each file has its own unique URL that you can use to cite and navigate to them.
  • File Revisions and Version Control 
    OSF has built-in version control and retains all copies of a file added to OSF.
  • Checkout Files
    The checkout feature prevents multiple contributors from editing a file at once. Admin or read+write permissions are required to check out files.
  • Add Metadata to a file on OSF
    Metadata can be added to individual files on the OSF to help identify, discover, and facilitate reuse

Folders: Folders can be used to organize files in your projects or components. You can create folders in OSF Storage or many third-party storage add-ons to group files together. Folders have the same privacy settings and contributor permissions as the project or component in which they live. The contents of a folder can be downloaded as a .zip file. For more information please see our folder help guides: 

  • Create, and Manage Folders
    Folders can be used to organize files in your projects or components. You can create folders in OSF Storage or many third-party storage add-ons to group files together.
  • Deleting a Project Folder
    Remove a folder from your project directory. 
  • Rename Files and Folders
    You can rename files and folders directly from your OSF project. This help guide will walk you through how to rename files and folders.

Files can be found by searching on the OSF. Help share the discoverability of your data with Tag your Project Files 

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