In addition to formal naming conventions it is also good practice for NBAs to supply text files as summaries to accompany data files and to document their contents. Such files should ideally contain basic statistical information describing the contents of the file (e.g. numbers of new, changed or deleted records, total number of records contained in the file etc.).
The use of such text files can greatly assist users in verifying that they have received a complete copy of the file.
Last update: 5 December 2017