Storing and sharing data

During your research, you need to keep your data safe and secure. Therefore, it is important to have access to good storage and sharing facilities. Finding the best place to store your data during research is not an easy task, especially when you work with personal data or sensitive data (such as competition-sensitive or confidential data).

When you work at the Radboud University or Radboud UMC, you can look at the options listed below to help you select a suitable and safe storage and/or sharing solution.

Radboud University recommended storage and sharing options

The following options are recommended for storing and sharing data during research. Note that storing and sharing after research (I.e., archiving and publishing) might require other solutions. See the page on archiving for more information.

Some faculties and research institutes at Radboud University have an RDM policy that requires researchers to use specific storage and sharing options. Before deciding which of the following options you would like to use, have a look at your institute's RDM policy to see which option your institute recommends.

Option

Storing

Sharing

Collaborating

Radboud Data Repository (RDR)*

yes

yes

No work-in-progress recommended

Radboud University network drives – Workgroup folders

yes

yes, but only with fellow RU researchers

yes, but only with fellow RU researchers

Radboud University network drives – personal drive (e.g. u-drive)

yes

no

no

Microsoft OneDrive with RU account and Multi Factor Authentication

yes

yes, but only with fellow RU researchers

yes, but only with fellow RU researchers

SurfDrive

yes**

yes**

yes**

Surf FileSender

no

yes**

no

* Not all research institutes are currently using the RDR, see if your institute has joined the RDR on this page

** Only suitable for personal and sensitive data when the files are encrypted!

Radboud UMC recommended storage and sharing options

Not recommended

  • Personal cloud drives, such as Google Drive, Dropbox or a personal OneDrive
  • External drives, such as USB drives, external hard drives etc.