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Research Data Services

Guidance, tools, and training to support faculty and students working with research data.

Research Data Storage 

Data management plans should clearly identify where data will be stored throughout the active phase of a research project and the frequency with which it will be backed up.

It is recommended that you follow the 3-2-1 rule: Save three copies of your data on two different storage mediums, and one copy off-site.

Research Computing Services and UVic Libraries offers a range of storage services to UVic researchers:


Storage options at UVic Researchers for each phase of the research lifecycle

Research Storage

  • Microsoft 365 cloud storage like OneDrive and SharePoint can sync backups of files stored locally on your desktop computer to the cloud, up to 1TB.
  • UVic Research file shares are ideal for storing sensitive information and day-to-day work, up to 2TB.
  • Nextcloud is great for sharing data with colleagues outside of UVic, up to 100GB.

Repository Storage

  • Borealis is a national research data repository supported by UVic Libraries. Researchers can deposit data, create collections, and publish your dataset with a DOI, up to 100GB.
  • Federated Research Data Repository is hosted on national computing infrastructure and supports publication of larger datasets, up to 1 TB.

Archival Storage

  • Archivematica service supported by UVic Libraries supports archival copies of our repository storage
  • Research backup service supported by University Systems creates local archives of your research data

Research Data Security

Accidental data loss can be disastrous for any research project.

If your research data contains sensitive information, Research Computing can help you identify storage options that are appropriate for your project. Contact Research Computing Services to consult on a range of topics:

  • Security standards and privacy policies
  • Data storage requirements for ethics approval

For information about data sharing agreements, contact the Office of Research Services

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