We are retiring BEAR DataShare

We will be retiring the BEAR DataShare service in January 2022, this is due to the University investing in OneDrive for Business, part of a suite of products now available via Microsoft's 365 (M365).

Please note that we will still be providing the BEAR Research Data Store (RDS), which is the service for your working research data. Data in the RDS is stored in data centres on campus and 3TB of storage space is provided per project.

How does this affect me?

If you are a user of BEAR DataShare for sharing and syncing data, you will need to move your data from the service by January 2022.

What do I need to do?

  1. Decide where you are going to migrate the data to (see https://kb.bham.ac.uk/kb15356).
  2. Review who has access to the data and who still needs access.
  3. Inform collaborators using BEAR DataShare.
  4. Move the data before January 2022. We strongly advise you not to leave it until the last minute.

What is not changing?

All other BEAR Services including BEAR Research Data Store, BEAR Data Transfer and BlueBEAR are remaining.

More information

BEAR DataShare milestones_FINAL

For help in deciding where to store your research data see: https://kb.bham.ac.uk/kb15356  

For help in migrating data from BEAR DataShare see: https://kb.bham.ac.uk/kb15376

 We understand that this change is significant for those who utilise BEAR DataShare, but we can reassure you IT Services are on hand to help you migrate and we will still be responding to your issues using DataShare until we stop the service in January 2022. 

Thank for your continued help and support. 


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