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Research Data and Reproducibility

Your guide to research data services at OHSU.

What do we mean by data storage?

Data storage refers to where data is located while actively being collected or processed. Data that is stored should be periodically backed up to a secure location. Storage and backup can be contrasted with preservation and archiving, which focus on handling data when a research project ends.

What do you need to know about storing research data?

Good data storage practices consider:

  • How data will be used during a project
  • How to sustainably record and access data during a project
  • Potential disasters and how they can be mitigated
  • The data's longer-term value, access, and preservation needs

Here are some tips for storing research data:

  • "Keep raw data raw"
  • Store data in open formats
  • Practice the 3-2-1 rule:
    • Three copies
    • At least Two media types
    • One copy in an entirely different location
  • Read and understand the terms of service of your storage providers
  • Use an automated service to create regular backups, but don't create your backups on your local hard drive
  • Make sure you know how to recover data from your backups!

Data Storage Options at OHSU