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Research Data Management at UF: Storage

This is a guide on resources available at the University of Florida and beyond on research data management. It includes information about tools for data management planning, data and file sharing, metadata and data standards, and data storage.

UF Research Computing Storage

GatorCloud (or UF Dropbox for Faculty) offers self-service storage.

UF Research Computing managed storage:

  • Research Vault/Research Shield: Appropriate for restricted data, no size limit, replicated storage. $308/TB/year
  • HiPerGator: No restricted data, no size limit, allows for easy collaboration. Orange: $25/TB/year; Blue (high performance): $140/TB/year
  • SSERCA Cluster: No restricted data; no size limit; cluster has nodes at UF, FSU, USF, FAU, and FIU; data can be replicated for collaboration as needed: $110/TB/year

Storage Best Practices

Always store an uncorrected (the original data set) data file version or master version:

  • Do not make any corrections to this file
  • Make corrections using a scripted language where possible so that all corrections are documented
  • Consider making your original data file read-only
  • Limit access to this file

Whenever possible, use institutional resources.

Regular back-ups protect against accidental data loss which may occur because of:

  • hardware failure
  • software or media faults
  • virus infection or malicious hacking
  • power failure
  • human error

See additional best practices in data storage on the DataONE site: http://www.dataone.org/best-practices/ensure-reliability-your-storage-media

CTSI Biorepository

The CTSI Biorepository "provides high-quality biospecimens; biospecimen processing services; and an extensively monitored storage facility. It collects biospecimens that can be used for research purposes by any investigator with IRB-approved protocols." For more information on its resources and services, please contact the Biorepository.

Some of its services:

  • Biospecimen storage, via CO2-backed-up freezers and reliable around-the-clock virtual-monitoring systems
  • Biorepository library specimen retrieval for investigator studies (fresh, fresh-frozen, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue, DNA, RNA, plasma/serum, buffy coat)
  • Nucleic acid extraction and quality-assessment services
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