Storage refers to preserving your data files in a secure location you can access readily. This is not the same thing as backup (described below).
Storing your data properly ensures that it will be there when you need to use it for publications, theses, or grant proposals. A granting agency may require that you retain data for a given period and may ask you to explain in a data plan how you will store and backup your data.
Storage Best Practices:
- Unencrypted storage is the easiest to use and work with as it is the easiest to access. However if you are working with sensitive data you may be required to encrypt your files.
- Keep passwords and keys on paper (2 copies), and in a PGP (pretty good privacy) encrypted digital file
- Don’t rely on 3rd party encryption alone
- Uncompressed files are ideal for storage files you will be accessing frequently, however due to space concerns you may need to compress your files, or at least your backup files.
Data Storage and Backup, University of Wisconsin Research Data Services
Data Storage, Backups, and Security, MIT Libraries