The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan for the storage and safe keeping of your data. This will prevent accidental loss and unauthorised manipulation of your data and will save you time, money, and many headaches.
For research projects, the University provides secure and centrally managed storage (RDS) for active data. All documents and data relating to the projects should be stored in the RDS system. Please see the University's Research Data Management page for more information.
Personal data is especially sensitive and its safeguarding is dictated by legislation. Manchester Metropolitan University is responsible for complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) whenever personal data is processed. The University has a Data Protection Policy setting out our compliance statement, and the RDS system is secure for handling this type of data.
At the end of your project, you will need to evaluate which data can be retained and which data should be disposed of.
The decision to retain data for long-term preservation or reuse will be determined by various factors. These include if the data,
Because of the value and potential reuse of this data in unforeseen ways, it is beneficial to make the data available. You can do this through a subject or research repository. To make your data available in the University's research repository see deposit data. Contact the library firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
To ensure the safety, integrity and accessibility of your data, you will need to take into consideration your data needs:
If you have any questions, Information Systems and Digital Services have support for information security at Manchester Metropolitan University.
You can also find more information about how to handle these issues at the UK Data Service webpages on Data Security