Ever thought about how data storage is impacting the planet?
Your data may seem virtual and non-physical, but no matter if you are using a university server or a cloud service, the hardware that keeps your data safe is very much physical!
And the hardware that stores your data leaves a significant ecological footprint during its lifecycle: via its production, in the disposal and importantly: while it´s in use because it consumes a lot of energy AND needs cooling.
In fact, the only industrial spaces using more energy per square meter than laboratories are data centers!
So if you want to do the planet a favour, delete the crappy microscopy images from failed experiments that you are anyway never going to look at again. Not only does it reduce your carbon footprint -- it also makes it a looooot easier for you to keep track on your precious data when it isn´t diluted in junk.