Responsible storage and backup of data are important criteria when selecting a repository. The same practices hold true for data that you haven’t or haven’t yet submitted to a repository. Best practice in this regard includes storing your data in a cloud service, preferably one that synchronizes with data stored locally to maintain version integrity across all iterations. Preferably the cloud solution you choose will offer geographic dispersion; that is, two or more copies of your data will exist simultaneously in data centers in geographic regions unlikely to be affected by the same natural or man-made catastrophic event. You may also wish or be required to encrypt your data, depending upon its sensitivity. Increased utilization of cloud storage, and its threat to hack, places a premium on ensuring appropriate security of those data stored remotely.