Storing data

If you are engaged in research activity, you’ll need to look after the records and data that verify your research findings. So it’s important to think about where you’re going to store this information, how long you’ll be storing it for and if your research team will need access to it during the research project.

It’s also important that the storage of research data complies with RMIT policy and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. For more information about research data and how to manage it visit RMIT’s Research Data Management Library Guide.

Figure out what storage solution suits your needs:

What data do you need to store?

Storage solution

Key features

How to access

Store small to medium amounts of data. Cannot provide access to other researchers.

Your RMIT Home or H: drive

  • Password protected
  • One user access
  • Suitable for data sets up to 20GB
  • Backed-up.
  • Off campus access
  • You can retain the data here after your research project.

Already installed on staff and student computers by default.

Offsite access via mydrive.rmit.edu.au

Store small to medium amounts data. Can provide access to other researchers.

Set up an RMIT Shared drive

  • Password protected
  • You can assign access to your research team.
  • Suitable for data sets up to 20GB
  • Backed-up.
  • Off campus access
  • You can retain the data here after your research project.

Fill in the Shared Drive Access Request Form

Access organised within 3 weeks.

Off campus access via mydrive.rmit.edu.au

Store data sets via the University’s network provider, AARNet.

Can also be used to provide access to research collaborators.

CloudStor+

  • 100GB can be shared free of charge
  • More secure than Dropbox
  • Supported by the Australian government and linked with RMIT

Log on with your RMIT details or find out more about CloudStor+.

Contact eResearch for advice.

Store research data and provide access to research collaborators.

Nectar

  • Supported by Australian government and linked with RMIT
  • You can retain the data here after your research project.
  • Secure cloud based system.

Contact eResearch to access Nectar.

Temporarily storing data when working offsite.

Laptop, removable disc, hard drive

  • Vulnerable to loss or damage
  • Should only be used as a temporary storage solution
  • No back up

Remember to back up this data at RMIT.

You can set up your laptop so that the data is backed up every time you log in at RMIT

Large, relatively static research data sets.

Large Scale Research Data Store

  • Accessible from RMIT servers and desktop machines
  • Multiple TB storage
  • You can assign access to your research team.
  • You can retain the data here after your research project.
  • Off campus access option.

To apply, complete the research data request form.

Access organised within 1-3 weeks.