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Research Data Service: Storage & Backup During Research

We are a university wide resource which supports and promotes best practice in data management.

Data Storage & Backup During Research

Illustration of active data management
This aspect of data management is concerned with how data and metadata are to be securely stored and backed up during the research process, e.g. while data is actively being collected, processes, and analysed.

For information on how and where to store or share data following publication or project completion see our page on Data Sharing & Long-term Preservation.

Data Storage Comparison Table

This table compares the features of the the storage options available for active research data in UCC. 

UCC Options for Active Data Storage

IT Services provide a number of data storage facilities for the use of active data. A more detailed comparison of data storage options is available here.

Cloud Storage (per user)  

There are a number of storage options for UCC researchers such as OneDrive and Google Drive which provide network and cloud facilities for UCC researchers to store and share their data. 


Collaborative/Team Cloud Storage

Microsoft Teams is a hub which you can use for collaboration and teamwork across multiple devices and users (both UCC and non-UCC users). Unlike OneDrive and Google Drive, Microsoft Teams workspaces are not tied to a particular user account and each workspace includes up to 1 TB of data storage via a shared Sharepoint Online document library.


Secure On-premises Storage Picture of Database Icon

The Research DataStore is also available which provides up to 1 TB of networked shared data storage facility for research groups.

Virtual App provides on and off campus access to UCC applications and services, including the Research DataStore.

Encrypted Devices & Secure Data Transfer

In addition to storing data, you also need to consider data security for computing devices and when transferring data to collaborators.

Device purchase & encryption

UCC IT Services will support hardware purchased through UCC from purchase to disposal. Devices purchased through ITS will be configured for UCC's network and will contain the latest versions of Microsoft Windows OS and Mac OS. Data security is of critical importance, UCC IT Services also helps researchers to protect there data by providing encryption services for laptops which may be used for sensitive or confidential information.


Secure Transfer of Large Datasets 

Filesender is a way to share large files with anyone. It works through your web browser to send a file to any email address. FileSender can send files up to 500 GB. Filesender is provided by HEAnet, Ireland's national education and research network, and approved by UCC IT Services.