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Collect & Store

Last updated on 15 November 2021
No matter what type of research you do, you will be collecting research data. Here you can discover the storage tool that works for you and find out how to safely share data with colleagues. Set up a metadata system or smart workflow and learn more about privacy and anonymisation guidelines.

Collect & Store

  • How to collect and store your data

    • LibGuides
      Data collection may consist of the re-use of existing data and/or the generation of new data. For data to be considered valid and reliable, data collection should occur consistently and systematically throughout the course of the research project. Data collection guidelines and established methodologies should be used to gather data.
    • Research Drive
      For researchers, Research Drive (Surf) is a safe alternative to commercial cloud storage services such as Dropbox. With Research Drive you can easily store and share files with other users, inside and outside the institution. With Research Drive, SURF complies with Dutch and European privacy legislation and is suitable for the storage of privacy-sensitive information.

      The Research Drive storage service is intended for storing large amounts of research data. Research Drive can be used from any VU workplace and, via a web page or tools, also from home or on the road. The access rights set in consultation determine which person can access which data. Once in use, you can also grant colleagues from inside or outside VU access to collaborate in this environment. The data is stored encrypted in Surf's data center and this service is offered at a very attractive rate.
  • How to share and exchange your data

    • LibGuides
      When you are doing research, good data management practices and transparency are essential. This toolbox provides practical information and guidelines for both PhD students and researchers when working with research data.
    • Research Drive
      For researchers, Research Drive (Surf) is a safe alternative to commercial cloud storage services such as Dropbox. With Research Drive you can easily store and share files with other users, inside and outside the institution. With Research Drive, SURF complies with Dutch and European privacy legislation and is suitable for the storage of privacy-sensitive information.

      The Research Drive storage service is intended for storing large amounts of research data. Research Drive can be used from any VU workplace and, via a web page or tools, also from home or on the road. The access rights set in consultation determine which person can access which data. Once in use, you can also grant colleagues from inside or outside VU access to collaborate in this environment. The data is stored encrypted in Surf's data center and this service is offered at a very attractive rate.
  • How to integrate storage into your workflow

    Network storage
    Every (guest) employee and student has access to a Home folder on the file server and employees have access to one or more Group folders for storing files.

    SciStor
    The storage service SciStor, "Storage for Scientists", is intended for storing large amounts of research data. SciStor can be used from any VU workstation and, via utilities, also from home or on the road. The access rights set in consultation determine which person can access which data. If desired, an automatic backup can be made of the data. SciStor is offered at an attractive rate and is an excellent alternative to USB drives or other consumer storage systems.

  • How to document your research data

    LibGuides
    When you are doing research, good data management practices and transparency are essential. This toolbox provides practical information and guidelines for both PhD students and researchers when working with research data.

    iRODS & YODA
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is participating in a national program, initiated by SURF, which will pilot the iRODS/Yoda software as a potential RDM platform. This technology consists of two parts iRODS and Yoda. iRODS is an open-source, community-driven, software infrastructure that has been developed to facilitate the management, sharing and annotation of very large amounts of data. It is being used in a number of Dutch universities, Utrecht, Groningen and Maastricht as well as EU projects such as EUDAT. Internationally iRODS is supported by a diverse range of organisations including the Sanger Institute, UCL, NIEHS and SUSE.

    While iRODS has a number of clear advantages for IT departments and “power users” it is the second component, Yoda, which will be of interest to most researchers wanting to engage in good RDM practices. Yoda stands for “Your Data” and is open-source software developed and used at Utrecht University. It is designed to give researchers the capability to efficiently manage project data through the data management cycle. Yoda is already being investigated as a potential RDM technology at SURF and the VU AIMMS institute.

  • Research data support

    Data stewards in the faculties and and the VU RDM support desk can help you with research data management issues, like writing your data management plan, advise you about storing, sharing and securing your research data and help you with publishing, archiving and registering research data.

    You can find contact details and practical assistance on the research data support contact & support page.

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RDM Support Desk
Do you have questions about Research Data Management (RDM) or need advice? Ask us! The VU RDM Support Desk provides first-line practical assistance, help and advice with any RDM-related questions: 020 598 53 67 (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Do you have questions or remarks regarding research support and you would like to contact someone on a specific matter? Please contact us.

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