I started a PhD over 10 years ago and left it. It was troubled from the start. I got married and had children, two mental breakdowns, a messy divorce, a cancer scare and to cap it all, lost all of my data in an act of God! My supervisor left and was replaced by someone I do not get on with, no matter how hard I tried to like this person.
Life has intervened in the interim and now I feel in a position to take it up again to get it out of my system. Trouble is this: I don't want to submit it to the original institution.
Can anyone tell me if I have any ownership or intellectual rights over my raw data (housed in the original institution) and can I take it elsewhere?
I lost 3 chapters completely in the act of god and was so disheartened by it, I just gave up.
Besides - going back to one's research must be OK - Brian May did it!!
student speak: act of god = i did not back up my stuff.
buy an external hard disk and usb stick and back up onto them. back up regularly onto dvds/cds and keep them in a friend's house. you'll be very grateful in case your house burns down/gets burgled or flooded. it happens.
You need to explain your case to the administration of that institute. There may well be problems with data ownership - a friend of mine is going through this right now and has managed to get rights to some but not all of 'her' data.
Is there enough data for a PhD rather than starting again? (I started again - it's not all that uncommon.)
Hehehe - Act of God was making back up disks on a decidedly dodgy computer infected by a nasty bug. I had backed up my work no less than 6 times and everything was unreadable. I'd been sending "coded" emails to a friend - she thought I was having an episode and ignored them!
Even the IT department couldn't work it out. Fortunately, I make notes and had filed every scribble. It was just so heart-wrenching at the time.
I became so paranoid about data that I save things in 4 formats and email them to all my accounts and two of my friends! But hey, you live and learn!
Start again as in use the data differently to what I had intended initially? If I can get some kind of ownership of my raw data from the archive, then thre is probably enough work for several PhDs...
I will get a letter written immediately.
Thanks for all your advice - it's given me food for thought!
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