Data storage and sharing

A number of options exist to help QUT researchers store and access research data. These are detailed in Digital Data Storage Options for QUT Researchers (PDF, 140KB).

QUT data storage solutions

Storage is requested by submitting a research storage allocation request. An analyst may contact you to discuss your requirements.

When choosing options to meet your storage and security needs consider questions like these:

  • on what media will you store the data?
  • where (physically) will you store the media?
  • whose responsibility is the storage of the data?
  • how will you transmit the data, if required?
  • do you need a system for version control?
  • how will you back up the data?
  • how regularly will backups be made?
  • whose responsibility will backups be?
  • how will you manage access arrangements and data security?
  • how will you enforce permissions, restrictions and embargoes?
  • who can/cannot access the data?
  • where will you put sensitive data?

Non-QUT data storage solutions

The use of freely available storage and file-sharing tools has risks, including issues relating to confidentiality, privacy, intellectual property and data sovereignty. For more information regarding QUT policy relating to Information Security, go to MOPP F/1.2 Information security.

Non-QUT data storage and collaboration options include:

  • QRIScloud - a cloud computing and data storage service hosted by the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF). For more information see the beginner's guide to QRIScloud.
  • Cloudstor - a file transfer and storage service for easily and securely storing, sending and receiving large files, available to all Australian researchers via the Australian Access Federation. Up to 100GB of storage is available to individual researchers free of charge.
  • Quadrant - an online collaborative project management tool for participant based research. It is ideal for managing a research project where participant data (including interviews, audio recordings, images) need to be stored and managed.

For more information and to arrange access, contact the High Performance Computing and Research Support (HPC) group.