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Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing

Short Term Data Storage is typically described as the length of a research process from initiation to final publication, plus three years. This is because as the designated steward of research data, MSU Faculty are required to retain primary data for three years after publication. Given that storage and backup of research data oftentimes involves managing personal, departmental, and university-wide storage solutions it can be difficult to provision for this three year baseline. During the active research process capability for file sharing may not always be included with short term storage options. File sharing services provide the ability to transfer files between project collaborators. The following service providers offer short-term storage and/or file sharing services.



Research data life cycleGo to Long Term Data Storage Go to Data Publishing,  & Reuse Go to Data Study & Analysis Go to Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing Go to Data Collection Go to Research Data Planning & Design