One of the major considerations for any data management plan is the issue of storage. Data, especially digital data, can be easily lost, corrupted, or mismanaged.
The first consideration is for your “active” or “working” data. This data is created as you are working on your project and will need to be regularly accessed and updated. Although it will need to be opened often, you should also make sure it is secure and in compliance with any privacy requirements for your project.
Major factors when considering data storage are:
Some general tips for keeping your data safe include:
Many publications require data to be publicly accessible if your work is to be published. Conveniently, the same repositories that serve the purpose of making your data accessible also serve as a great preservation platform for completed data. Visit the next tab in this guide, "Finding and Sharing Data," for more information.
See Library of Congress’ Recommended Formats Statement for recommended file formats for long-term preservation.