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Why Store Your Data?

Data storage and preservation are key elements in the research data lifecycle. For this reason it is important to think at the beginning of your research project how you plan to organize, document and back up the research data you collect. Why should librarians advocate for proper data storage? (adapted from MIT Libraries Data Mangement Research Guide).

Preserve your data: Depositing your data in a repository safeguards your investment of time and resources while preserving your research contribution for you and others to use.

Maintain data integrity: Managing and documenting your data throughout its life cycle will allow you and others to understand and use your data in the future.


  • The Problem of Data: Data Management and Curation Practices Among University Researchers (2012) – This first report of a two-report publication from CLIR explores data management practices and challenges faced by university researchers in a range of disciplines, along with recommendations for strategizing data services that address these challenges. The second report is a snapshot of the current landscape of data curation education programs.