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Data Management : Storing and Archiving

Data Repositories

Data repositories can be a one-stop shop for data management, by providing both storage and sharing, and facilitating effective organization and description of research data. 

The following are directories of open data repositories: 

Selected data repositories: 

  • Dataverse: The Dataverse Network, created by Harvard, is open to all researchers to submit data. All file formats are supported by the Dataverse Network with a maximum size of 2GB per file.
  • ICPSR: A social science data curation organization with an excellent record of data management.

Storage & Archiving

To ensure your data remains intact and accessible, you must plan for secure storage and maintenance. There are many options, including hard drives, shared servers (see below), cloud storage, and repositories. MIT and the UK Data Archive give good overviews of data storage, security, and backups. 

Questions to Consider: 

  • Do you have a strategy for storing and backing up data?
  • How secure is the data? 
  • How long should the data be retained? 

(Source: UC Berkeley Science Libraries

University of Rhode Island Resources


The University's institutional repository, DigitalCommons@URI, can store and share relatively small, static datasets, such as txt, xml, or tab-delimited files. The data can either be openly shared or protected by authentication mechanisms. Data can also be placed under an embargo to delay full release. Researchers can also use DigitalCommons@URI to describe datasets stored elsewhere--with links to the data, or with contact information for the data. All descriptive information in DigitalCommons@URI will be available to search engines. 

For help with DigitalCommons@URI, contact Julia Lovett,

ITS Data Center

URI's Information and Technology Services manages a data center located in Tyler Hall. All of the servers reside in a locked, secure, climate controlled environment, with a backup power generator.  Data backups create 2 copies of data which are stored on disk. One copy remains in the center, and the second copy is replicated offsite to a second disk storage unit.

Coming Soon: Large data storage

ITS provides centralized data storage for file systems and data stores for URI authenticated users. In consultation with researchers, ITS will determine possible levels of support. In cases of large datasets, researchers will be able to purchase additional storage, for which ITS will assume responsibility for long-term management and backup.

For further information about storing data through ITS, contact Terry Wild,

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