"Backups" is borrowed from NYU Libraries' Data Management page and is licensed on a Creative Commons Share a Like 4.0 license.
"OSF" from Duke University Libraries Research Data Management page and is licensed on a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share a Like 3.0 license.
"Active" or "Working" storage refers to the where you store your data while you're collecting and accessing it during the course of a project. Some storage options will better meet your project's needs, others not so much.
Box (UMBC FAQ), Google Drive (UMBC FAQ ), and Microsoft OneDrive are available to UMBC Faculty, Staff, and Students. DoIt has a chart comparing Box and Google Drive, here: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=31916775.
Factors to consider when choosing where to store your data:
To keep data safe, it is recommended that folks follow the 3-2-1 Rule, which suggests you maintain three copies of your data on two different storage types, with 1 of those being offsite:
Both Google Drive and Box have desktop applications (Google Filestream, Box Drive) where folks can mount and access files quickly. When downloaded and installed, the applications create a folder that appears just like a My Documents folder, only it’s connected to your account on whatever service (so it’s Google Drive or Box in your file explorer). Then it operates like a two-way door: changes will be synced to and from your local computer to the service in the cloud.
This helps us stick to the 3-2-1 rule pretty nicely as well:
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a Web-based project management tool created by the Center for Open Science (COS). It was designed to promote research transparency, quality and reproducibility. The OSF allows individuals or groups to develop a project workflow, organize data, develop documentation and share all or part of your project with the greater research community.