Research Data Management

Your research data is valuable. Researchers are responsible for ensuring that their research data is protected against unauthorised access and backed up regularly. There are several considerations when selecting a data storage location:

  • Does the data contain any sensitive information?
  • How often is the data backed up? How many copies are retained?
  • Who else needs to access the data and are they able to do this?
  • Are there any legislative or ethical requirements that restrict where the data will be stored?
  • Does the storage provider claim ownership or use rights over the data stored on their systems?
  • Do extra controls like access restrictions or encryption need to be applied to the data?

To meet the requirements for safe and secure storage, all research data must be stored on a UON-supported data storage solution.

ownCloud is the default storage choice for research data. It is a web-based file storage solution that is hosted and maintained by UON. It allows syncing folders on your local computer with your ownCloud account, as well as making data publicly searchable and accessible through an add-on application called CRATEit.

Features:

  • Securely store smaller datasets (less than about 200 GB) on campus
  • Access your data on campus, at home and elsewhere on Windows, Mac and mobile devices
  • Easily share files and folders with other UON staff and students
  • Publish datasets to NOVA, UON’s repository for research data and outputs
  • Backed up daily
  • No cost to UON researchers

Access

Request access through the research data storage webform in serviceUON.

More information

See the ownCloud knowledge base article for more information.

Research Drive is a dedicated storage area specifically designed for storing research data. If your data is too large for ownCloud, or you have other specialised requirements (e.g. needing to use Virtual Machines or High Performance Computing), then we recommend using Research Drive (mapped as drive R:\ on Windows).

Features:

  • Securely store datasets of practically any size on campus
  • Access your data on campus or remotely from other locations via the VPN
  • Provides both shared areas for group use, and individual areas for data not ready for sharing
  • Backed up daily
  • No cost for UON researchers

Access

More information

See the Research Drive knowledge base article for more information.

MyTardis is a system designed to automate data capture from scientific instruments, like microscopes, ultrasounds and mass spectrometers. Data from an instrument is automatically copied to a central server, where it can be easily accessed and shared through a web-based portal. MyTardis also supports customisable metadata fields, which means experiment and dataset details can be stored alongside the data.

Features:

  • Securely store raw and processed data of practically any size on campus
  • Access your data on campus or remotely from other locations
  • Easily share files and folders with other UON staff and students
  • Make datasets publicly accessible
  • Describe your data at both collection and item level
  • Backed up daily
  • No cost for UON researchers

Access

Request access through the research data storage webform in serviceUON.

More information

See the MyTardis knowledge base article for more information.

Intersect space is a storage system designed for storage of large (1 TB+) research data sets. Data is held in a secure data centre in Sydney, and can be uploaded and downloaded rapidly using software specialised for high-speed transfer. It is hosted and maintained by Intersect, a UON partner organisation.

Features:

  • Securely store data of practically any size in Australia
  • Access your data on campus or remotely from other locations via web-based and other tools
  • Easily share data with researchers at Australian based Universities or research institutions using existing IDs
  • Securely transfer data at very high speed using market leading IBM Aspera FASP software
  • Subsidised rates for UON researchers

Note: While Intersect Space keeps multiple copies of the data, this system is not backed up. If your data frequently changes you are strongly advised to retain a copy of your data on one of the other storage solutions described above.

Access

To request access through Intersect, click here.

More information

See the Space website or contact space@intersect.org.au.