Research Storage & Archive


 BEAR offers and is developing a set of storage and archiving services to meet the needs of the University’s research community. These services are underpinned by the institutional commitment to ‘provide mechanisms and services for storage, backup, registration, deposit and retention of research data assets in support of current and future access, during and after completion of research projects’. (See the University’s Research Data Management Policy ’.)

The Research Data Archive (RDA)  provides an integrated, secure and resilient service, available to researchers from all disciplines exclusively for the long term storage of data associated with published research and which is recorded in the Campus Research Information Store (PURE). Together, these systems provide the foundations for meeting the open-access requirements of funders as well as safe-guarding the data. A default allocation of 1TB per project for 10 years will be provided to the Principle Investigator with an option to purchase additional space for exceptional requirements. For more information and how to register please see here RDA. (Search for Article: KB12529 within the Service Desk)

The University has also invested in a central Research Data Store (RDS) which provides an integrated and secure service, available to researchers from all disciplines to store working data cost-effectively.  On request, a default allocation of up to 3TB of space per project for 5 years will be allocated to the Principle Investigator, funded by the University for the duration of the project (whichever is the shorter). Capacity in excess of the default may be purchased by Research Groups, funded from research grants or other income. Search for Article: KB12866 within the Service Desk Knowledge Base for more information about the RDS.

The Research Data Storage Costs and Guidance for Research Grant Applications page has more information about the costing model for the RDA and the RDS, which is particularly relevant for inclusion in funding bids.

Governance policies for the research data store and archive are available here.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list can be viewed here, however, if you do not find the information you require please do not hesitate in contacting us.

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Please contact the support teams via the IT Service Desk.

Last modified: 13 June 2017