Where to Preserve?

Research data and documentation selected for retention should be kept in a suitable location and in a secure manner to ensure that they remain available and usable beyond the end of your project, with appropriate access rights:

  • Data repository This is the preferred way.
  • In house Sometimes it is not be possible/appropriate to deposit data in an external repository, e.g. for legal, ethical, contractual, practical, or other reasons.

As you have just learned, preserving your data may serve the purpose of verification or reuse. Public data repositories cater to both needs. In addition, they handle requests to view or use your data which means you do not have to take care of such requests yourself.