The Center for Functional Nanomaterials encourages Users to bring with them high capacity data storage drives (such as flash drives or portable hard-disk drives), which will allow them to manage their data on their own computers. The transfer of data is conducted consistently on secondary, data-retrieval computers.
The CFN currently offers several resources for Users to manage their data:
CFN is in the process of expanding its Data Management offerings for the User community by providing cloud-based data management and retrieval accounts for all Users. The CFN anticipates this capability to be available to Users by the conclusion of FY2014.
CFN cannot keep or maintain a User’s data indefinitely. Users are
expected to retrieve all of their data at the conclusion of that User’s
facility session at the CFN. The CFN provides no guarantee regarding the
preservation of User’s data after completion of a single facility
session at the CFN. Because of this policy, the CFN strongly
encourages Users to acquire and to transfer their data to self-managed
resources as soon as possible. Based on the nature of a facility’s
instrumentation, the size of the acquired data, and availability of
resources, some CFN facilities may keep or maintain data for a limited
period after the facility session has ended. For example, CFN’s
Theory and Computation Facility keeps a User’s data on CFN’s computer
cluster for the lifetime of the User’s Guest Appointment, as determined
by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Once CFN’s cloud-based Data
Management offering is established, all responsibility for data
preservation will reside entirely with the User.