Keeping reliable backups is an integral part of data management. Your personal computer, external hard drives, departmental or university servers are examples of tools used for backing up data. CDs or DVDs are not recommended bcause they fail so frequently. The UK Data Archive provides additional guidelines on data storage, back-up, and security.
Back up Your Data
Data Backup Options
Secure Your Data
Test your backup system
In order to make sure that your backup system is working properly, try to retrieve your data files and make sure that you can read them. You should do this upon initial setup of the system and on a regular schedule thereafter.
Depositing your data in an archive or repository will facilitate its discovery and preservation. While you can share your data informally by emailing it to requestors or posting it to a website, informal methods of sharing make it difficult for people to find your data and access it in the long-term.
If you wish to share your data in an open archive, but there is not an appropriate repository in your discipline, please Contact Us to discuss data sharing options utilizing our current and future digital repository systems.