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Research Data Management Basics

Data management is an important part of the research life cycle. This guide covers best practices and resources.

Storing Your Data

When storing files it is important to:

Storage options at George Mason

  • OneDrive provides 1TB of storage and is available to university employees.
  • MESA Personal Storage (MYDATA) provides 10 GB of storage on the MESA network drive.

Backing Up Your Work

Determine what data will be backed up and the backup schedule.

Rule of Three. Keep three copies of your files. One of the copies should be off-site. For example, one file on your computer, a second copy backed up to an external hard drive, and a third copy off-site.

3-2-1 Backup Before It's Too Late (GradHacker)

Questions to consider:

  • Is there a backup service already available or will you need to do it yourself?
  • How often will backups occur?
  • Who will be responsible for performing backups?
  • How will sensitive data be backed up?
  • Do you have sufficient storage or will you need to include costs for backup hardware and software?

Backup Utilities

Sensitive Data: Access & Security

When working with sensitive data, IT security practices must be followed. George Mason's IT Security Office has published guidelines and policies.

Please review George Mason's policies and procedures carefully.

Basic security guidelines:

  • Network Security
    • Keep highly sensitive data off the Internet.
    • Put sensitive materials on computers not connected to the Internet.
  • Physical Security
    • Restrict access to buildings and rooms where computers or media are kept.
    • Only let trusted individuals troubleshoot computer problems.
  • Computer Systems & Files

Data Security Best Practices (UK Data Centre)