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Managing Your Research Data

Tips & tools to help you manage your research data with less stress


Remember the 3-2-1 Rule for keeping your data safe

  • Keep 3 copies of any important file (1 primary, 2 backup copies)
  • Store files on at least 2 different media types (e.g., 1 copy on a hard drive and a second on different type of drive or media; secure cloud storage services use different types of hard drives than your desktop or laptop)
  • Keep at least 1 copy offsite (i.e., not at your house or on campus)

The easiest way to do this at IUPUI is to keep a primary copy on a local desktop/laptop, another copy in IU Box, and a third copy in the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA). Talk to your faculty advisor or supervisor about archiving data to the SDA - they may already have a group or departmental account you should use.

Important Note: If you are working with critical data, you will to take extra precautions in storing and handling your data. Talk to your faculty advisor and check out the Critical Data Guide.