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Data Management

The basics of data management and Resources for researchers

Back that Data Up!

You should keep three copies of your important data.

♦  1 local - on your workstation
♦  1 local/remote - an external hard drive
♦  1 remote - on a university, or department server, or the cloud

Is your data too big for that?

♦  Data compression is an option, but make sure that one copy, somewhere, is uncompressed.
♦  Use open source encryption software
♦  Document the software and version of the software you used to compress your files in your metadata

Have a Back-up Plan - and use it!

♦  Write out a schedule for updating copies of your data on your local and remote storage devices
♦  How often should you back up data? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? It depends. In the event of a disaster, how much data do you want to  re-create?  How much are you even able to re-create?
♦  Who's going to do it?  Put that in your Plan too.