The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 and make it easier to share information with internal and external collaborators, all research data must be stored on a University supported data storage solution as listed here.

Non-standard storage solutions

Some research involves the collection or use of data that is not suitable for storing on solutions like Microsoft Teams or OneDrive. For example, data sets that are:

  • large (e.g. terabyte) scale
  • used to support complex simulations
  • need to be stored in a structured, searchable database format

In these cases please contact IT Services for advice and assistance through the new research data storage request form.