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You are likely to invest a lot of time and effort in creating or collecting your data. Data should be kept safe and secure. Lost data can be costly and slow to recover, and at worst may be lost for ever. During the course of your research you must ensure that all your research data, regardless of format, is stored securely, backed up and maintained.
Data files can be lost in many different ways. Imagine what would happen if your computer hard drive were to be lost, or if you misplaced a memory stick, or accidentally deleted some files. Even if files are not lost completely, they can become corrupted and possibly unusable. You should think about how best to protect yourself against these kinds of losses, and consider whether you are doing enough.
Storing your data in an appropriate way will help you to work more flexibly, easily and quickly. Appropriate storage solutions can also simplify the processes of version control and collaboration with others. Try to abide by the following rules:
The University of Bristol Research Data Storage Facility (RDSF)
The University Research Data Storage Facility provides a resilient storage solution that is open to researchers from any discipline, with the capacity to expand as demand increases. Currently, 5TB of disk storage is provided to each Data Steward free of charge. A Data Steward must be a Bristol researcher and must take long term responsibility for the data. If you are interested in using the RDSF, you should discuss your storage needs and seek guidance from the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) staff who administer the Facility before completing an application form.
- Answer: C. 4 years (if used under optimal conditions)
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