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Research Data Management (SC)

Best Practices

There are many organizations who provide recommendations for best practices for managing your data.

Data Storage @Swarthmore


  • Swarthmore's basic file backup system
  • Generally includes files on desktops and laptops
  • Recommended: Restore key files periodically to verify back-up
  • More info:  CrashPlan Installation (ITS)


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  • Flexible option for sharing and storing data at Swarthmore
  • Unlimited storage for faculty and staff (individual files up to 5 TB)
  • Access files from anywhere
  • More info:  Swarthmore ITS Knowledge Base (Google Apps)



  • Open source data management software designed to manage data sets that are big, important, and complex
  • Four main functions: Data Virtualization, Data Discovery, Workflow Automation, Secure Collaboration
  • More info: Andrew Ruether (


Learn more: Swarthmore ITS KnowledgeBase: Research Data Storage and Backup