I recently learned of the following sad tale, reported by Peter Murray-Rust last August on his blog at http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2011/08/01/why-you-need-a-data-management-plan/. I re-post just the image here, as a salutory story, and encourage people to read the original.
Peter wrote: “”The following appeared on noticeboards in the Chemistry Department – the Panton Arms is just 200 metres away.”
Apparently there was no data backup – all this poor student’s work was contained in the bag!
Please inform me <email@example.com> if you know of similar unfortunate experiences.