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Process & Analyze

Last updated on 15 November 2021
Data once collected will need to be processed in order to be usable. Data analysis is the stage at which the raw materials of research are interrogated to produce the insights that constitute the research findings, which will be written up and published in research outputs.

Process & Analyze

  • I want to run large-scale data processing

    • High Performance Computing
      If your pc or laptop takes too much time performing your analysis, it is time to scale up to a higher level. There are several options for employees and students who require more computing power than their own desktop or laptop can provide.
  • How to share and exchange your 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.

    FileSender
    SURFfilesender is a secure way to share large files with anyone. SURFfilesender is an installation of the FileSender project which is a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users.

  • How to secure access to your 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 manage software code

    • LibGuides
      This toolbox provides practical information and guidelines for both PhD students and researchers when working with research data.
  • How to use large and distributed datasets

    You need to be able to store this data and analyse it safely, without having to blow your budget. SciStor (Storage for Scientists) and SciCloud (Cloud for Scientists) may provide the solution.

    SciStor
    SciStor is a safe alternative to small departmental servers or NAS servers (network-attached storage). It is a flexible and double-redundant solution, so no data will be lost if one of the components should experience a technical failure. A fixed, guaranteed amount of storage space is reserved for any researcher or research groups that make use of SciStor and the system also allows for the creation of one or more shares. A minimum amount of 1 TB must be reserved for a minimum period of three months. The capacity can be increased or decreased by units of 100GB. SciStor is intended for use as a temporary storage solution by research staff of VU Amsterdam and any external researchers who are affiliated with one of the university’s researchers or research groups. The service costs €0.10 per GB per year. "SciStor is a peace-of-mind solution for researchers," says Jef Trimbos, team leader for IT Research support. "You no longer have to worry about managing your own USB sticks or NAS. This way you can spend more time on your research."

    SciCloud
    In addition to SciStor, researchers can also make use of SciCloud. Where SciStor offers a storage solution, SciCloud provides processing capacity. SciCloud offers researchers server capacity to support their research applications. It is simple to implement and scale up or down. SciCloud offers you a private virtual server that can be connected to a campus-only or external network. In the latter case, you will be able to access the server from anywhere in the world. It goes without saying that you can also access your SciStor storage from a virtual machine (VM) in SciCloud. ‘We often deploy SciCloud in situations where data has to be accessible both from inside and outside the university,’ Jef Trimbos explains. "This entails running a Dropbox-type solution on a SciCloud VM, which provides precisely controlled access to some or all of your data."

  • 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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Research Data Management

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.

IT Service Portal
Through the IT Service Portal, you can report a problem, request additional services, find frequently asked questions, locate manuals, and track your own reports. Use the search bar to find what you are looking for in no time. A detailed description of our services can be found by clicking on the blue icons. These descriptions also include forms for submitting an application or making a report.