Why not to trust in-department data storage

Profs are not forever — it only seems this way.

I have written a posting about the dangers on in-house data storage considering academic attrition rates and another on why data storage is a job for journals.

Thinking more about it There’s another argument not to use in department data storage:

Professors are not forever — it only seems this way.

Do we really want to trust-burden the next profs with the life work of their predecessors? Universities might see it as “free data for publications” but I guess many profs see it as “not my ideas”, “not my paradigm”, “not my research area” — “I want that storage space”. And they might even be right considering academic incest.

Data must — via publications — become independent of the researchers themselves.

And like written, that’s usually a job for journals.