CREATE & MANAGE DATA

STORING YOUR DATA

OVERVIEW

  • Making back-ups of files is an essential element of data management. Regular back-ups protect against accidental or malicious data loss and can be used to restore originals if there is loss of data.

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  • A data storage strategy is important because digital storage media are inherently unreliable and all file formats and physical storage media will ultimately become obsolete.

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  • Physical security, network security and security of computer systems and files all need to be considered to ensure security of data and prevent unauthorised access, changes to data, disclosure or destruction of data.

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  • Transmitting data between locations or within research teams can be challenging for data management infrastructure. Data encryption will maintain data security during transmission and should be used when transmitting sensitive or personal data.

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  • Collaborative research can pose challenges for facilitating data sharing, transfer and storage, and providing access to data across partners or institutions. Virtual research environments may offer solutions.

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  • Having a strategy for reliably erasing data files is a critical component of managing data securely and is relevant at various stages in the data cycle.

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  • We have collated a number of useful resources on back-up, storage, security and encryption of of data.

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