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:
There are several options for data storage on campus: