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.
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.
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.)