Appropriate storage and backup of research data is an essential component of data management to avoid loss or corruption of data both during and beyond the research project. Section 2.6 of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research outlines the responsibilities of researchers to manage storage of research data and primary materials. For example, researchers must:
When determining data storage, you should consider questions such as:
CDU eSpace serves as a stable repository for the long term preservation, management and appropriate sharing of research outputs, including medium to small sized datasets (no more than 5GB). Researchers can upload descriptions of their data and related data files through the Self Submission Portal. Data files can be assigned an embargo period or made available only by mediated access in cases where open access is not appropriate. These metadata records and attached files are stored in the eSpace's DATASETS AND PRIMARY RESEARCH MATERIALS collection.
Charles Darwin University provides personal file storage space on the network file server. Postgraduate students are allocated 200mb of hard disk space, referred to as your ‘H: Drive', while staff have more.
It is strongly recommended that for University related data storage, CDU supplied data storage services and servers are used. The CDU Information Security Policy strongly advises users save work to network drives and discourages the use of email facilities for permanent storage. Talk to your Head of School or School Executive Officer about school specific research storage drives.
For support and advice contact the help-desk@CDU.edu.au
Other storage options include:
It is worth reiterating here how critical it is to have a backup strategy. This will allow you to recover data after loss and/or to recover data from a particular time. Backups of more than one copy should be performed regularly, and they should be housed remotely from the main data storage. The backups should be labelled and well organised to facilitate any data restoration process.