Storing research data and long-time preservation

Storing research data

Storing and sharing data are separate processes. Many data repositories allow for storage up to a certain limit. For larger datasets, there are options available for researchers at KTH.

Read more about storage at the IT Department

All research data shall be available for revision 10 years after finished project. It is the KTH-school who decides if the used storage solution is sufficient to keep research data available during that time interval.

Long-time preservation

Does your research data have a future research value? Then that data should be preserved.

Long-time preservation concerns the process of documenting, structuring and keeping data so that it can be retrieved, read and interpreted over time. A preservation is ensured by archiving data in a repository which by law or similar fulfills the mission of keeping research data preserved over time, as well as having a technical architecture designed to keep data and metadata connected (by descriptions of content and structure). There are standards that describe what a repository needs to fulfill for correct long-time preservation. (Examples: ISO 16363 and ISO 14721.)