Consider the questions on the Research Data Management Checklist. These will help you to determine what you need to look for in storage and access.
When you evaluate your storage options consider:
The choice of format for your data will affect the lifespan of the data, and will determine how that data may be used, analysed, backed up, stored and potentially re-used in the future.
ACU Researchers should save their research data using standard, durable formats that most software can easily interpret (or that can be migrated to a new format easily at a later date), to avoid being unable to use the data, either during the project or in the future.
Factors influencing the selection of file formats and software for data include:
You should document any special hardware and software requirements as part of your data management plan.
Researchers should ensure that all research data is stored securely and backed up or copied regularly. It is recommended that you store your research data in storage facilities provided by the University rather than rely on personal, portable storage devices.
ACU researchers have a range of digital storage options:
Contact ACU eResearch Services for more information.