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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

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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.

UCC Options for Active Data Storage

In UCC IT Services provide data storage facilities for the storage and back-up of active research data using Microsoft Cloud individual and shared platforms and on premises storage if required. A comparison of storage capacity and access features can be found on IT Services Storage Options webpage. If you need more detailed description of each options features and functionality please consult the table in the Research Data Storage Options link below. Both cloud platforms and on-premises storage can be used for the storage of personal and sensitive personal data. To help you choose the right storage option please consult the Active Data Storage Decision Tree in the link below. To ensure that you are storing your data securely please follow the Instructions for the Storage of Electronic Research Data in the link below when planning and setting up your project storage. 

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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.

Active Data Storage Decision Tree