New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels.

Store Your Data Recorded in Physical Form

Not all research data is generated or stored digitally. Your data may be recorded on:

  • Paper including maps, plans, charts and drawings, files, cards, lab notebooks
  • Photographic media such as photographic prints and negatives, film, microforms, and x-rays
  • Magnetic media such as digital tape, video and audio cassettes
  • Optical media such as CDs and DVDs

Ask your school what (if any) storage they provide for physical data storage forms, or what recommendations they have for storage facilities.

When assessing the suitability of physical data storage locations consider:

  • Security requirements
  • How long you will be storing the data for
  • How much access you and others will need to the data
  • The suitability of the building for storing your data (e.g. adequate drainage to prevent flooding)
  • The stability of the storage area environment (e.g. stable temperature, minimal lighting)
  • Exposure to internal hazards (e.g. exposed overhead pipes, chemicals)
  • Proximity to windows or other light sources. Physical data should be kept away from direct sunlight to minimise fading

Manage Your Research Data Tool Kit

Researcher Development

Contact Us

Contact a Subject Librarian
Your first point of contact in the library for RDM guidance, training opportunities and practical support. Subject librarians also provide personal research help by email, phone, or appointment.

Research Development Team
Data management (funder retention requirements) advice for current and future research projects.

Information Technology Services (ITS)
Data-related services and advice on storage, backup, security, data quality, and metadata identification. Limited software for home installation.


These guidelines are informed by information provided under open licenses by other organisations including:

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