Dos and Don'ts
This page provicde some quick Do and Don't to make preservation of your data easier.
- Create a sound data management plan addressing both funder requirements and the expectations of the field in regards in data collection, managing and sharing
- Estimate the amount of data required for your project as early as possible,
- Include costs for data storage (including storage of back-up copies) in proposal budgets
- Notify Research Support Services and CCIT of upcoming storage requirements so they can help with planning and avoid delays
- If access to data needs to be restricted, be sure a clear rationale is provided to funders and describe any limitations or permissions that may exist for access
- Be sure to address after project access
- Keep in mind that a bit more "up-front" planning may actually mean less work in the long-term
- Enact a robust backup plan to ensure data are not lost and that they are shared with other project researchers securely and safely
- Establish a data organization structure and file-naming cnvention and use it consistently
End of Project
- Based on the data management plan, determine which data should be preseved and work with Research Support Services to deposit in the institutional reposit or another appropriate repository
- Have three copies of your data—the original master file, a local backup (e.g., on an external hard drive) and an external backup (e.g., on a managed networked drive or on a web-based storage service).
- Ensure data do not become inaccessible if someone leaves the project
- Determine if any data needs to be restricted and work with Research Support Services to enable gatekeeping