Where do you hold your research data? Laptops, portable hard-drives, USBs, Dropbox? These devices are not necessarily safe or secure and could be in breach of your funders’ policies.

To resolve this issue Information Services have created the Research Drive or what we affectionately call the “X files” for the storage of current research data. X files gives you your own personal research drive, stored on the network, which is automatically mapped onto any University owned desktop PC or laptop.

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences) was the first to make use of his research drive:

The X drive is a brilliant idea and the type of resource Stirling needs to allow researchers to manage big data projects.  Copying files to the drive was relatively straightforward from a university computer. I initially saw a 1TB limit but the quota increased automatically to 2TB as I approached it. I am definitely planning to continue and increase my usage of the X drive. The challenge now is how to establish access from my Mac, my Biolinux computer, and most importantly whether I can share files with external users

Research Drive provides all researchers with a location for research data that is private to the individual researcher however there is possibility to make a shared space for researchers that are collaborating on a project – these collaborators could be either internal or external – you just need to make a request to Information Services through Unidesk.

Research Drive provides an extra layer of security to, the already secure, Box system. Box is secure if you know and trust everyone who you have shared your folder with – however, an email can accidentally be forwarded containing the shared link meaning your data is no longer secure. Research drive is only accessible to those you have given permission to.

For all the information on:

  • Mapping your Research Drive – if using a Mac or Off-campus
  • Setting up a shared project folder with Stirling collaborators
  • Setting up a shared project folder for external collaborators

and much more check out the Research Drive webpages.

Remember once your research project has been completed we have DataSTORRE our online digital repository for the archiving of data-sets. Guidance on handling your Research Data both during and after your projects can be found on our webpages.