7. Data Storage
There are several good reasons why
researchers need to know about data storage options:
- We may not have control over the format in which data
is given to us. For example, data from NASA's
Live Access Server is in a format decided by NASA and
we are unlikely to be able to convince them to provide
it in a different format. This says that we must
know about different formats in order to gain access to
- We may have to transfer data between different applications
or between different operating systems. This
effectively involves temporary data storage so it is
useful to understand how to select an appropriate storage format.
- We may actually be involved in deciding the format for
archiving a data set.
Even if we never have to decide on a storage format,
it is useful to have some understanding why data has ended up in a
particular format. I have no choice over the clothes that my
wife chooses for me to wear, but having a basic understanding
that she makes me wear long-sleeved tops in winter because they
are warmer makes it much easier for us to get along with each other.
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