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Research Data Management

This guide will help researchers with managing research data as well as preparing for data management plans required by funders.

Data Storage Options

Since data is easily lost, digital files are fragile, and formats and storage media become obsolete, a storage strategy for active and archival data is a key component of a data management plan.

"Active" or "working" data refers to data as you collect and access it during the course of a project. Datasets may be expanding as you collect new data, and you may need to access data regularly for processing and analysis. It is important to decide where and how you will store your active data so that it is readily accessible to you but also secure. When making this decision, consider the following:

  • Anticipated size of dataset
  • Computational requirements: Large-scale analyses may require high-speed processors and a substantial amount of disk space.
  • Backup: It is essential that you regularly make one or more backup copies of your data and store backups in geographically separate locations from the master dataset. Keep in mind the Backup Rule of Three: keep an original copy, a second local copy, and a remote copy to mitigate the risk of data loss.
  • Security: If you are working with sensitive data such as medical data or other human subject data, ensure that the storage system you use meets security standards.

TAMU-CC Data Storage Options

There are several options for data storage on campus: 

  • HPC Research Storage: 491 TBs (terabytes) of shared storage for those that utilize the campus HPC environment. (NSF grant funded)
  • Island Science and Engineering Research Cloud (ISERC): 1.7 PBs (petabytes) of shared storage for those that utilize this environment for research. (NSF grant funded)
  • Cloud Based Storage: IT can provide Amazon AWS and Microsoft AZURE cloud based storage. (Email the Service-Desk for information) 
  • OneDrive: Unlimited (Microsoft provides 5 TBs and can increase as capacity nears). (Email the Service-Desk for information)