Record Retention Survey
An informal survey, undertaken over the summer to better understand campus-wide issues, was part of a Provost Fellowship project. Representatives from 28 West Lafayette departments met with Scott Brandt to discuss issues related to research records, retention practices and access to research data. Several common points emerged from these conversations:
- While digital data is prevalent, many areas still rely on traditional notebooks, which presents additional problems for back-up and access over time.
- There are a variety of obligations to agencies and institutions to retain data, but the most predominant reason for data retention is to support future research.
- Issues related to "who owns research data" ran the gamut, although there was general consensus regarding one's obligation to provide access to data.
- Procedures for the transfer of data when faculty or students leave Purdue are unclear.