Advisers have shared problems recently on the JEAHELP listserv regarding lost or deleted files, server crashes, destroyed archives stored locally on classroom or personal machines — and the impact on production when these accidents occur. As advisers, we all know we should help assign backup duties to student editors and create checklists to implement systematic backup. A relatively new national event might help us actually cross this off our to-do lists. It’s called World Backup Day and it’s today.
Sure, there’s some extra hype related to the companies who sell various backup tools like portable hard drives and virtual space. The official site has sponsors and seems a bit like a sales pitch. But there’s lot of good material out there about the importance of file management and backing up on a regular basis.
For example, this infographic on Pinterest provides a great visualization regarding the importance of data backup and explains bytes and storage options.
To learn about the history of World Backup Day, which was created by a college student in 2011, a story earlier this week gives the context and links to other resources helpful in our goal toward better data security.
Find time today to make the backup process part of your routine and help students incorporate this practice in theirs — before it’s too late.