Retaining Your Old Research Data

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This presentation describes a few techniques to improve the odds that you will be able to use your research data 5 or more years into the future

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Retaining Your Old Research Data

  1. 1. Retaining Your Old Data Kristin Briney, PhD Data Services Librarian
  2. 2. lukasbenc, https://www.flickr.com/photos/lukasbenc/3493808772 (CC BY-NC-SA)
  3. 3. justgrimes, https://www.flickr.com/photos/notbrucelee/8016192302 (CC BY-SA)
  4. 4. FUTURE FILE USABILITY Ian, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/2152798588/ (CC BY-NC-ND)
  5. 5. Future File Usability • What? – Can you use your files from 10 years ago? – Data needs to be • Accessible • Interpretable • Readable
  6. 6. Future File Usability • Why? – You may want to use the data in 5 years – PI sometimes keeps data and notes – Prep for data sharing – Per OMB Circular A-110, must retain data at least 3 years post-project • Better to retain for >5 years
  7. 7. Future File Usability • When? – (As you work on a project) – When you wrap up a project
  8. 8. Future File Usability • How? – Back up written notes • People always forget this one • Difficult to interpret data without notes • Options – Digitally scan (recommended with digital data) – Photocopies
  9. 9. Future File Usability • How? – Convert file formats • Can you open digital files from 10 years ago? • Use open, non-proprietary formats that are in wide use – .docx  .txt – .xlsx  .csv – .jpg  .tif • Save a copy in the old format, just in case • Preserve software if no open file format
  10. 10. Future File Usability • How? – Move to new media • Hardware dies and becomes obsolete – Floppy disks! • Expect average lifetime to be 3-5 years • Keep up with technology
  11. 11. Future File Usability • How? – Put into a repository – It will preserve data for you – Find a repository in your discipline • databib.org • www.re3data.org • Ask me!
  12. 12. WHAT TO DO FROM HERE
  13. 13. Chris Hoving, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcrucifer/2433274595 (CC BY-ND)
  14. 14. Data Services • uwm.edu/libraries/dataservices • Data Services Librarian – Kristin Briney
  15. 15. Thank You! • This presentation available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license

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