Space on the RDS is allocated to projects and managed in accordance with project data management plans (DMPs).
Applications should be submitted by Principle investigators (PIs) via the Service Desk, giving a few details of the project and listing the users to be permitted access to the space and the data. These users will be added to a security group controlling access to the project folder. The PI is then responsible for creating an appropriate data structure and managing the access rights (read, write or both) of the members of the project.
Once approved, up to 3TB of storage will be allocated by default with no direct charge. Additional capacity may be purchased (see the BEAR Bids and Funding Guidance).
The PI will be given a network share in the form of \\RDS\Year\user-projectName or \\RDS\rdshomes\<letter>\projectName, which can be mapped from their computer on a University IP address. This will be in the form of a CIFS share, which can be presented to Linux, MAC or Windows operating systems. See the 'How To' section (below) for further information to get started, including how to manage the access rights of members of the project.
Please bear in mind that the RDS is not a place to put your data for long term archive and that data should be regularly reviewed and cleaned up, removing unwanted files or archiving data which is of value but not currently used or likely to be needed for many months/years (see BEAR Archive).