Storing of data

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In many countries there is a requirement that original hard-copies and digital data files are stored for a number of years after completion of the project. The main problems associated with storing of research material that needs to be addressed are:

  1. During and after the research project ensuring that sensitive information, such as the health of individual persons, is not leaked outside the research group.
  2. During and after the research project ensure valuable information is not lost. This requires a backup strategy that is checked on a regular basis.
  3. Ensure that data is stored when the project is completed. Ideally sensitive information is kept secure but non sensitive information , such as a coded data file with no link to individuals, are made publicly available so other researchers can validate results.
  4. Ensure that data is stored in a way that it is possible to keep track of when research material is up for destruction and where to find it when that happens.

A few practical tips:

  • It may not be legal to transfer data between different organisations. Rules differ between countries and regions and you may need to check what is acceptable in your circumstances.
  • CD and DVD discs may not be possible to read in the future. USB memory sticks tend to be corrupted and data may not be retrievable after a couple of years. Hence, avoid these if possible.
  • (More tips coming)

Links to public storage places for digital research data:

  • DataCite (a non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers -DOIs- for research data)
  • Dryad (a non-profit organisation offering researchers to store research data)
  • UK Data Archive (offer to store research data from UK researchers)
You should cite this article if you use its information in other circumstances. An example of citing this article is:
Ronny Gunnarsson. Storing of data [in Science Network TV]. Available at: http://science-network.tv/storing-of-data/. Accessed November 19, 2018.

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