Using an effective preservation strategy avoids:
– Obsolescence of specific data formats due to the evolution in the hardware and software needed to read formats
– Data loss due to hardware failure
– Loss of information about context and provenance due to missing data documentation

Where and how to archive
A data archiving infrastructure (, takes care of the authenticity, unicity and integrity of research data and provides long-term accessibility to them
A long-term preservation environment provides
Backup of the data in a redundant environment
Storage of all related documentation for the discovery and context of the dataasets
Persistent identifiers
How to find data repositories
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