Storing versus Archiving
Although often used interchangeably, storing and archiving research are different activities. Storage is a necessary step towards archiving data; however, storing data does not safeguard against media degradation, obsolescence of data forms, or providing easy access in the future. Archiving encompasses both active preservation of the digital object and increased discoverability and access to the data. Your data management plan should discuss how you store your research data during the project and your preservation strategy after the project, particularly of research data that will be reused and shared.
The following pages offer greater detail on guidance and support for sharing with others and preserving research data in the long term.