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Data Management

This guide will assist you through the process for developing a data management plan, as well as helping you to identify and address research funders' requirements.

Storing Data

When considering options for storing data it is important to: (1) select an option that fits the data; (2) provide flexibility as to where the data is stored (e.g., on premise and/or in the cloud); (3) accommodate mobile and virtual platforms, in addition to desktops and laptops; (4) provide a consistent experience across various platforms; (5) be able to find the data once it's been stored; and (6) include provisions for a disaster recovery plan.  Remember the 3-2-1 rule--maintain at least three copies in at least two different formats of which at least one copy is stored offsite.

For storing research data, either short or long term, Information and Technology Services (ITS) at Minnesota State University, Mankato suggests using OneDrive for Business in Office 365 (not OneDrive personal through a Microsoft Live or Hotmail account).  Microsoft stores multiple copies of OneDrive data in different datacenters, so any research data is backed up and secured.

Coming Soon - Microsoft Azure cloud storage. 

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