During your project
When discussing sharing and reusing research data, it can be useful to distinguish between sharing data during and after a research project, partly because requirements for data sharing during these two phases may differ significantly.
During the course of a research project in progress you will usually share data with your colleagues within your own research group. Sometimes however, researchers wish to collaborate on a national or even international level, and will want to share data quickly and safely. There are several ways to share data during a research project in progress:
- Network drives
An easy way to (temporarily) share small to medium-sized datasets is via the TU/e group network drives. Staff members of your choice may be authorized for access to specific data in consultation with the ICT Service. Data on TU/e network drives are backed up daily. To find out more about network drives, home drives, costs and requests for additional storage space go to Data Management Storage Services( ICT intranet)
SURFdrive is a personal cloud storage service for Dutch education and research, enabling university staff members, researchers and students to easily store, synchronize and share files. SURFdrive meets all requirements of Dutch and European privacy legislation (this does not necessarily apply for Dropbox and Figshare). SURFdrive users remain owners of their own data, which are stored safely on Dutch servers and which are, just as your personal data, never passed on to third parties. You may access SURFdrive via your corporate account from all current computers, tablets and smartphones based on either Windows, OS X, iOS or Android. TU/e staff members are allotted 100 GB of free storage space per account.
More information about SURFdrive on the intranetpage of ICT Services
- Central data storage facility TU/e
For data collections and data sets of substantial size (from several tens of gigabytes to the tera-/petabyte range) that should be stored for the longer term the TU/e has a central storage facility (Zadara). Please contact ICT services at rdmsupport@ if you want more information about storage options on Zadara. tue.nl
Dataverse is an open-source web application for storing and sharing data, developed initially at Harvard University. DataverseNL is a data repository created specifically for researchers at Dutch universities and other institutions of higher education. TU/e researchers may use DataverseNL too. Using DataverseNL is free up to a limit of 50 GB.
Version management is applied to data that are stored in DataverseNL. Data are also assigned persistent identifiers (Handle) and are therefore citeable. Noteworthy advantages are data access control at refined levels and ample options for assigning relevant metadata to the data. If you wish to open a DataverseNL account please contact Leon Osinski of the IEC: RDMsupport@
- Discipline-specific solutions
Specific requirements may apply for data sharing within certain fields of science, certainly with a view to metadata assignment. Specialized platforms or archives have therefore been set up for collaborating on and sharing data. Some examples are Open Science Framework (social sciences), OpenML (machine learning), Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (ecology) and Gene Expression Omnibus (genetics). A clear distinction between data sharing during and after your research project can often not be made within these platforms.