There is never enough backup

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I am a PhD student in computer science, and this is how much I am paranoid about losing my PhD dissertation.

phd-dissertation-backup-strategy

To clarify on the implementation, I am using these instructions to synchronize between Overleaf and my computer, and between my computer and the two other Git servers. And, I am using duply on a Cron job to backup my private server’s git repository to..well, another server.

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dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin is a senior researcher (Akademischer Rat) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests include human, behavioral, and psychological aspects of empirical software engineering, studies of science, and open science. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software and academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal. Daniel was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers in 2017, the European Design Award (bronze) in 2016, and the Data Journalism Award in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in computer science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

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  • I have been using this system for months now. Today, I have suddenly realized that I might be a little paranoid about it. So, I drew a diagram for understanding it. And no, I am not really enough paranoid :-)

    Jokes aside, too many of my friends lost part of their thesis/articles because of no (or not smart enough) backups. Including computer scientists.

  • I finally found somebody as paranoid as I am. I just discovered that my Dropbox didn’t restart for some reason when my laptop turned back on, and that I hadn’t pushed to Github in a while. Totally freaked out. I don’t want to lose my dissertation!!!

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dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin is a senior researcher (Akademischer Rat) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests include human, behavioral, and psychological aspects of empirical software engineering, studies of science, and open science. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software and academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal. Daniel was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers in 2017, the European Design Award (bronze) in 2016, and the Data Journalism Award in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in computer science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.