According to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, researchers are responsible for the safety, security and integrity of the research data they generate or collect, and for any correspondence and records that relate to that research.
Researchers must ensure that all research data, regardless of format, is stored securely and backed up or copied regularly. Arrangements must be in place for the research's life cycle and any statutory minimum period of retention. For digital data, researchers should confirm with IT staff that the back-up regime in place is appropriate for their research data, in terms of the frequency of back-ups, the number of back-up copies, and their housing in multiple locations, including off-site copies.
When planning data storage, researchers should consider:
Tips for Choosing Storage
UQ researchers have a range of digital storage options:
Increasingly cloud storage solutions are being used to transfer data files, store and backup research data. There are some issues to be mindful of when choosing cloud storage for academic research. Read about it here.
Some of the options available include: