A key aspect of a data management plan is a storage strategy for active data and archival data. Data is easily lost, digital files are fragile, and formats and storage media become obsolete.
"Active" or "working" data refers to your data as you collect and access it during the course of a project. Your datasets may be expanding as you collect new data, and you may need to access data regularly for processing and analysis. An important component of data management planning is deciding where and how you will store your active data so that it is readily accessible to you but also secure. When making this decision, consider these issues:
A good first step for investigating storage options for digital data is to contact the Pitt IT Helpdesk at 412-624-HELP  or email@example.com.
The Network Operations Center (or NOC) is "a state-of-the-art technical facility that houses servers and network equipment to ensure stable and reliable service for University enterprise systems. It is a centralized management center that is capable of identifying, notifying, and repairing problems when they occur and projecting when and where they might occur." Researchers at Pitt can discuss options for hosting research data at the NOC with CSSD by contacting the Help Desk at 412-624-HELP  or firstname.lastname@example.org. For researchers who work with sensitive data, the NOC can provide a FISMA compliant environment.
The University of Pittsburgh provides faculty, students, and staff with storage space on Microsoft OneDrive, a cloud storage option with collaborative features. Information about how to use OneDrive and its features can be found on Pitt IT's Cloud Collaboration guide.
Researchers handling potentially sensitive data must consult Pitt IT's Data Risk Classification and Compliance guide to determine whether OneDrive is an appropriate storage solution for your project's data. A security consultation with Pitt IT staff may be needed.
Box is a cloud storage service which is being replaced by OneDrive by August 2022. More information about migrating from Box to OneDrive can be found in Pitt IT's migration guide.