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Last updated: 25 September 2019

Storage, Backup, and Security  

Box  

MSU researchers and affiliates have access to the Box cloud storage system. This service is an institutional resource and fully compliant with all data policies, and it enables collaboration between teams within MSU and across institutions by allowing users to edit, download, and share files. It can also function as a cloud backup system by syncing content between local machines and the cloud. Data stored in Box will be stored in the PI’s account and shared as appropriate with other researchers.

Note: Any questions related to the storage of personally identifiable information and applicable security standards may be directed to MSU’s Legal Counsel. 

Knox 

Knox is a server managed by the MSU IT Center that utilizes encryption to safeguard student data or other information that MSU has a legal obligation to protect.

Texas Advanced Computing Center 

Off-site high-performance storage will be provided by an allocation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) via collaboration with TACC and MSU. Data stored at here is accessible via the TACC Stampede2 supercomputer and other systems, which provide a world-class HPC environment capable of more than 18 petaflops of performance. The TACC storage location uses Globus to provide access to researchers in a normal desktop environment.

Data Transfer

The MSU Research Cyberinfrastructure Storage Cloud platform offers a Globus Endpoint that researchers can use to transfer files from nearly any machine using Globus.  Globus was developed to enable grid computing: by connecting computing resources, the data can be freed from their initial source, and made portable—even if they are huge. 

Note: For more information on data transfer and storge, contact Research Cyberinfrastructure at rci-support@montana.edu

RedCap (sensitive or human survey data)

Data will be collected using RedCap, a web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. MSU’s RedCap instance is hosted by the University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences, which oversees security measures for the system to protect the data stored within REDCap, as well as information pertaining to the identity and activity of REDCap users. 

Note: For more information, please see https://www.iths.org/investigators/services/bmi/redcap. 

Qualtrics (survey data)

Qualtrics online survey system is a web-based service that allows users to create a survey, collect and store data securely, analyze responses, and present results using charts and graphs. MSU has a site license for Qualtrics, and the service has been vetted and authorized by University IT and Office of Legal Counsel.

Dryad 

Data Access and Sharing

Data from this project will be made available with a Creative Commons Zero License (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0) in Dryad Digital Repository (https://datadryad.org), a non-profit, community-owned data repository hosted by the California Digital Library. MSU is an institutional member of Dryad. All content in Dryad is available for the public to view and download, free of charge, via an online interface, with a permanent digital object identifier (DOI). Data depositors may opt to embargo their content for a limited period of time before it is made public. Dryad ensures that data are discoverable, freely reusable, and citable (https://datadryad.org/stash/our_mission).

Archiving and Preservation of Access

Dryad is built on the University of California Curation Center’s Merritt system, which supports all of the desirable characteristics of a preservation infrastructure, following community best practices. Items are retained indefinitely; data files are replicated with multiple copies in multiple geographic locations and metadata are backed up on a nightly basis; all data files are stored along with a SHA-256 checksum of the file content and regular checks of files against their checksums are made; in case of closure of the repository, reasonable efforts will be made to integrate all content into suitable alternative institutional and/or subject based repositories (see https://datadryad.org/stash/faq).

Zenodo  

Data Access and Sharing

Data supporting the conclusions from published articles will be made available under an Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0) in Zenodo (https://zenodo.org), a data repository hosted by CERN—a memory institution for High Energy Physics, known for its pioneering work in Open Access. Zenodo is funded by CERN, the European Commission via OpenAire projects, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. All open content in Zenodo is available for the public to view and download, free of charge, via an online interface, with a permanent digital object identifier (DOI). Data depositors may opt to embargo their content for a limited period of time before it is made public, or they may opt to restrict their data, approving access only to requesters who meet certain requirements. Zenodo ascribes to the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship, aiming to ensure that data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (https://about.zenodo.org/principles/).

Archiving and Preservation of Access

Zenodo is fully run on open source products, with technical, security, and preservation features that follow community best practices. Data files and metadata are backed up nightly and replicated into multiple copies. All data files are stored with a MD5 checksum, and files are regularly checked against their checksums to ensure that file content remains constant. Data retention is guaranteed for the lifetime of therepository. In case of closure of the repository, best efforts will be made to integrate all content into suitable alternative institutional and/or subject based repositories (see https://about.zenodo.org/infrastructure and https://about.zenodo.org/policies).

ICPSR  

Data Access and Sharing

Data from this project will be made available in ICPSR, a curated, domain repository for the social and behavioral sciences that is operated by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. ICPSR and has a nearly 50-year track record for preserving and making data available for social and behavioral science research and instruction. ICPSR provides restricted data access if necessary. Data in ICPSR is described using social and behavioral science‐specific metadata, especially covering methodology.

Archiving and Preservation of Access

Digitalpreservation at ICPSR is guided by the ICPSRDigital Preservation Policy Framework (https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/datamanagement/preservation/policies/dpp-framework.html),last updated and approved in 2012. ICPSR provides sustainable, standards-based preservation and public access for the long term. Data files are archived in ICPSR's standard archival storage, which replicates holdings through multiple and varied methods and locations. All files uploaded to ICPSR are encrypted using server-side encryption. 

Policies for Reuse   

Releasing data to the public domain using Creative Commons Zero 

For more informaion on releasing data to the public domain, please see: Creative Commons Wiki and Schofield et al., 2009

Data from this project will be designated Creative Commons Zero (CC0, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0). The CC0 designation releases the data into the public domain, thus allowing future users free and uninhibited use of the data.

Licensing data using a Creative Commons Attribution license

Data from this project will be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0). CC BY allows others to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose (even commercially). This license accommodates maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. The CC BY License adheres to the MSU Policy on Intellectual Property.

Licensing data using an Open Data Commons Attribution license

Data from this project will made available under an Open Data Commons Attribution license (ODC BY http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/by). ODC BY allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work (even commercially), as long as the author is credited for the original creation. This license accommodates maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. The ODC BY License adheres to the MSU Policy on Intellectual Property.

MSU Data Policies  

Copyright Policy

MSU Faculty Handbook Intellectual Property Policy

MSU Electronic Research Data Security Policy

MSU Data Stewardship Policy