Here is a suggested structure for managing data files using the schema described in Section 5, “The schema”. This structure provides a reasonably modular approach to managing the data for one observer.
Pick a root directory for your data files.
For each year when field notes were taken, create a subdirectory whose name is the four-digit year.
For each month, store the notes for that month in
chronological order in a file whose name has the form
four-digit year number and
is the two-digit month
For example, notes from January 2010 would be kept in file
The advantage to structuring your data files in this way is
that they can be managed by a single Python-language
object, described in Section 21, “
class BirdNoteTree: A complete set of