Your Research in the Cloud

Cloud-based hosting services have been around for a while, but with the launch of Dropbox-like desktop clients of both Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive this week, it appears to be the hot topic to be discussing now.

My goal here is not to discuss the pros and cons of each. There are plenty of thorough comparisons out there. Instead, as fast as the hype about all the cool things came, the discussion is now quickly shifting towards ill-defined terms of service that can jeopardize the confidentiality of your data. What does it mean in terms of storing your research data?

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Academic Integrity

 ” What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient”
Bodie Thoene, author.

As young researchers and scholars, we are expected to conduct our work in accordance with principles of “academic integrity“. At some point in our studies – undergraduate or graduate – we are taught the basics about research ethics, often through idealized examples of what is considered right or wrong. We are told on countless occasions how serious “plagiarism” is. We submit our carefully-thought-out research proposals to the Ethics Board for review. We are taught by librarians and Professors how to cite other authors and properly reference ideas and findings, in order to differentiate between what is ours, and what is not.

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