Horror: Erroneous keyboard key

Erroneous key

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Tell us your horror story, what happened?

A theoretician pushed a button, after I finished a lengthy experiment on properties of a plasma in a Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition reactor. I did not save the last experiment data, and the theoretician entered the experimental room just for a chat on his modeling. Then he pushed a button on the PC keyboard, deleting the measurement data. Luckily, it was one data point in a series, but the missing data point is in the published paper.

How long ago was it?

30 years.          

How was this solved?


How could this horror be avoided?

Saving data immediately.       

What lesson can we learn from this story?

Saving data immediately, and don't chat before your experiment is done.


Did you experience data horrors in your research life? Do you think that researchers could learn from your experience? Would you like to share your story with others?

We would love to help you in turning a creepy story around data into a positive lesson learned. Use this form below to share your story with the Dutch Data Horror Team.

Horror form


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Are you ready for it?

Archiving panic? No backups? Bugs in your code? Licence confusionWho ya gonna call? Just the thought of it!

And yet it happens every day.

During this Data Horror Week, researchers will share these horror stories, based on their own experience. To prevent you from making the same mistake!