Proper data storage and security precautions are designed to prevent theft, modification, breach of confidentiality agreements or privacy legislation. Information on data storage options available to the OCAD U community is available in the Knowledgebase article, Research Data Management - Storage Options.
The University of Edinburgh further recommends including file extensions (often defaults) to accurately reflect the software environment in which the file was created:
DataONE suggest the following best practices for backing up research data:
The UBC Research Data Management DataGuide notes that security regulations differ depending on the confidentiality of your data. The more confidential your data, the more access controls will be required to limit access. For example, personal data cannot be stored on servers outside of Canada so cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox are should be avoided. For guidance on thinking through confidentiality and steps required to securely store your data we recommend consulting The University of Guelph's Guidelines for Categorization and Security of Research Data. In it you'll find a helpful categorization system to assess the level of risk and security controls required.