The Libraries and the university’s IT department assist researchers in storage of data. The IR@UF is typically for smaller datasets less than 2 GB. External general data repositories datasets are for larger datasets greater than 2 GB (e.g. Zenodo – up to 50 GB and Zenodo FAQ). UF Research Computing is for datasets greater than 1 TB. Researchers can search the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data) for the most appropriate data repositories by discipline.
- Working storage vs. long-term storage
- Amount of data: small vs. large
- Processing or computational space needed
- Time needed to store: short-term vs. long-term
- Costs to purchase your own equipment vs. renting space
- Using UF space or non-UF space
- If non-UF space, using general vs. discipline repository
- Quality of data and metadata to meet standards of repository
Working Storage — while you are collecting and analyzing your data
Long-Term Storage — where you keep the versions of your data that you wish to preserve indefinitely and that you are willing or required to share with other researchers.