The use of a safe and secure storage provided and maintained by your organisation’s IT support is preferable.
When choosing a storage for the research data, you have to consider several things:
If you can answer these questions, it helps to determine what kind of storage system you need. Storage services provided by Tampere higher education community can be modified according to need.
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Personal storage space
Group storage space
Research Data Services assist the staff and students of the Tampere higher education community in matters related to research data management. What we do:
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With backups we refer to the creation of additional copies of your data that can be used to restore data if the original is damaged or deleted. You should always have at least 3 copies of your data, and copies should be geographically distributed.
Many data storage systems have automatic backup functions and even some version management tools are included. It's recommended to choose your data storage according to that if possible. Do not count backup functions as a part of version management though, you should always have other copies of your data despite of backups.
The idea of version control is to make copies of files while processing them further and to be able to go back and retrieve earlier version of any file if needed. It is important to ensure that different copies in all different locations are subject to version control. You can manage your version control many ways. A simple version control can just be based on saving multiple versions of your files and naming them descriptively enough. This method might not be enough if collaborating with multiple people though, it would be better to establish some ground rules for version control.
Some storage services offer version control features like snapshots and backup versioning, some services automatically create new versions of your files every time you modify them and some services offer version branching and merging. These are technical tools for version control to enhance working or to help users in situations when their own version control fails. Version control tools like snapshots or any backup related tools should not be regarded as a part of your version management as backups are for recovering from the worst case scenarios when your own version control fails.
Access to personal data must be limited to those individuals for whom it is necessary in order to carry out the research. Please take into account that this group also includes the parties that maintain the services and equipments used, and other external service providers, if any.