Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2022     Views: 6

There is a difference between working storage and archival storage. Working storage is where you put the data you're working with/on. Archival storage is where you put the data you've finished working with, at least for that project, paper or publication. The University offers both types of storage.

Working storage

In accordance with the University's Research Data Management Policy, infrastructure is available to researchers to use as a secure platform to store and share working data.

  • CloudStor (recommended) offers working storage and file sharing capabilities.
  • CloudStor is just like Dropbox in many ways but hosted in Australia, and with higher quotas
  • You may even wish to request a Group Drive from CloudStor, with 1TB of storage.

You can choose to automatically synchronise your files with CloudStor, using the ownCloud client. When accessing CloudStor for the first time, you will be presented with the First Run wizard which will prompt you to set a sync password. This password is used for accessing CloudStor using the ownCloud sync clients. You will also be presented with the option of downloading an ownCloud sync client for your operating system. If you already use CloudStor and would like to install the sync client, please access the instructions via the University's MyIT Portal.

Information about working data storage is available from the Library website and the Research Data Management guide.

Visit the University's MyIT portal to learn more about setting up a new file share on the University network, or accessing managed storage through Western's e-Research support partner, Intersect.

Archival storage

In accordance with the Open Access to Research Policy, the products and outputs of research conducted at Western Sydney University (including research data) should be appropriately archived and made openly available for re-use and citation wherever possible.

ResearchDirect is the University's Institutional Repository. It includes data representing the inputs and outputs of research processes, or a reference to where this data is archived. Library staff will assist researchers to create accurate and complete data descriptions, which are then contributed to Research Data Australia. This increased exposure to Western Sydney University's research output may enable new collaborations and research opportunities.

To support Data Citation, records are created with a stable URL or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
To add your completed dataset to ResearchDirect you will need to complete a Research Data Management Plan. The Library provides a Research Data Management Planning tool in ResearchDirect.

To complete a Research Data Management Plan:

  • Choose the Data Management Plan option from the right-hand menu on the ResearchDirect home page and log in with your WesternAccount.
  • Create, review and update your Research Data Management Plan regularly throughout your research project.

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