In the process of developing your Research Data Management plan many technical issues will need to be addressed for which the Information Technology staff may be able to provide assistance. Simple data storage costs continue to decline in the per unit (kilo, mega, tera, and peta) byte range. Again simple access for short, medium, and long term storage can be through standard, off-the-shelf applications. As described in the available guidelines and support provided by the Library staff the full process of creating the appropriate indexing, meta data, and archiving strategy can increase the complexity beyond the standard plug-and-play hardware and software.
The range of support from the IT department includes consultation from the initial design and set up to providing quotes for major storage and retrieval efforts. Each specific plan can be designed to utilize in house or outsources (cloud) solutions. The IT recommendations will include ongoing growth, backup, and extended support plans and costs. While faculty have the option to create stand alone, independent self-controlled solutions, they must realize that the problems they create following this path leave them vulnerable to independently maintain and expanding their solution as their project evolves.
Funding for small to medium startup or short term project may be able to be accommodated from existing resources. Ongoing funded projects are expected to include support for hardware, software, and support where appropriate. Based on the Florida Tech network connectivity, high speed (up to 10 Gb per second) access can be provided for regional, state wide, national, and international resources for High Performance Computing (HPC) / Massively Parallel Computation (MPC) and up to Eb+ storage.
Keeping reliable backups is an integral part of data management. Your personal computer, external hard drives, departmental or university servers are examples of tools used for backing up data. CDs or DVDs are not recommended because they fail so frequently. The UK Data Archive provides additional guidelines on data storage, back-up, and security.
Backup Your Data
Data Backup Options
Secure Your Data
Test your backup system
In order to make sure that your backup system is working properly, try to retrieve your data files and make sure that you can read them. You should do this upon initial setup of the system and on a regular schedule thereafter.