Geologic Column: Data security: freezers, floppies and flash drives

In the olden days, many of us protected our field notes, lab records and draft manuscripts by making multiple photocopies, storing them in different places, and perhaps keeping one in the freezer in case of fire. Today, much of our data is collected and stored electronically. What strategies do we use now to protect against catastropic loss?

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Lisa A. Rossbacher

Lisa A. Rossbacher

Rossbacher, a geologist, is president of Humboldt State University in California. Email: The views expressed are those of the author in her private capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views of the university.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 07:00