Summary
This guide is intended to provide some guidance and tips for human rights practitioners
who are carrying out database migration processes.
Data migration could be tough if we do not take the time to organize and consciously
evaluate what, why and how to migrate in advance. Destroying or losing relevant
information during the process, or migrating dirty or inconsistent data already stored are
common risks related to data migration. In order to successfully migrate your data from an
existing database to a target one, following, we offer some advice that we hope it will
enable you to properly diagnose your database, plan and implement your migration
project.

Introduction
Database migration is the process of moving data from a source database to a target
database.
Diagram 1: Data migration process

Moving data from one place to another is a recurrent necessity that pursues the
improvement of data management performance. More specifically, reasons for data
migration could be as diverse as: improving accessibility, security or governance; migrating
to a new application; replacing equipment to prevent data loss; updating formats to avoid
the obsolescence of technologies, etc.

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