Store & Manage center from biomedical data lifecycle wheelStorage Overview

Each stage of the Biomedical Data Lifecycle revolves around the management of data storage. Proper storage maintenance throughout the lifecycle is imperative, to ensure data remains secure and adheres to recommended safety protocols. 

Research involves increasingly complex arrangements for the storage and transmission of research data. Robust data privacy and security planning is necessary to protect the privacy of research subjects and to secure sensitive, personally identifiable information.

  • In the Plan & Design stage, you may be asked to produce a Data Storage Plan, highlighting specific details related to data storage throughout the project, such as Storage Options.
  • When beginning to Collect & Create datasets, either the ingestion of data from outside sources or generation of new datasets, further storage considerations may be addressed, such as Data Security and Data Safety.
  • Project completion requires additional contemplation strategies to Evaluate & Archive data, to determine where data should be stored, what should be preserved long-term, or to what degree data should be shared, to encourage data reproducibility.

Institutions across the Longwood Medical Area maintain various storage solutions, so it is important to compare and select the best storage offering for your intended research.

The storage options listed on subsequent pages center on HMS resources, so eligibility requirements may apply.