Research Storage & Archive

BEAR offers and continues to develop a set of storage services to meet the needs of the University’s research community. These services are underpinned by the institutional commitment to ‘make available, at a cost if appropriate, mechanisms and services for funder-compliant 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 University has 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 and link it efficiently to all BEAR services.  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. To facilitate large data transfers we provide BEAR Data Transfer.

We also provides BEAR Archive (formerly known as the RDA). Its purpose is to store valuable data associated with your research project (current or completed) which may be needed in the future but which is not currently being actively used, accessed or processed, but is not needed to support a publication. Data stored in the BEAR Archive will be archived to tape for a reasonable length of time (with the minimum period agreed at the point of archiving with the PI) and will only be accessible upon an application for restoration by an appropriate person.

Research data should be shared and stored either in a suitable subject repository or through the University UBIRA eData repository, where you will be allocated a permanent identifier for your dataset (a digital object identifier [DOI]), allowing your data to be made openly available to other researchers.

The Research Data Storage Costs and Guidance for Research Grant Applications page has more information about the costs, which is particularly important for inclusion in funding bids.

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

FAQ and Contact Us

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.

Please contact the support teams via the IT Service Desk.


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