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Education: Data Storage

This is a guide for doing research in education.

PURR: Purdue University's Research Repository (for data)

  • Need to write a data management plan for a grant?  
  • Looking for a secure place to upload and share your DATA with your research team?
  • Looking for a place where you can publish your DATA?  

The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform for Purdue researchers (including graduate students) and their collaborators.

Data Storage at Purdue LibGuide

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Purdue Data Storage Options

1.U: drive – a secure College of Education file server that is only accessible within BRNG. Used for departmental collaboration and allows computers in BRNG to directly "map" a drive and edit shared documents on the server. This is a secure server dedicated to internal College of Education business. The server has limited storage capacity, so storage options below are recommended for data that does not fall within the scope of this system. Most offices, centers and departments keep shared daily working documents here. Departmental secretaries store supporting documents for programs and faculty members on this system.

  1. Location:
    1. U: drive on Education Windows computers housed in BRNG
    2. Mac users: please contact Education IT for connection information
  2. Classification: Departmental Storage, Workgroup Storage

2.Career Account Storage – Purdue has historically offered a small amount f of personal storage space to all users. This storage system gives 5 GB of space that is typically available on Windows workstations as the W: drive and also appears in labs and on teacher workstations in classrooms.
a. W: drive

  1. W: drive on Education computers in BRNG
  2. Classification: Personal Storage

3.SharePoint – a departmentally owned resource for long term historical storage of departmental documents. Allows both on-campus and remote access. Good for departmental sharing, committees, small workgroups. SharePoint is also used by some faculty members to manage their own faculty member web site.

  1. Locations:
    1. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edu
    2. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edci
    3. https://collaborate.education.purdue.edu/edst
  2. Classification: Departmental Storage; Faculty Web Sites

4.Syncplicity / BoilerBackpack – a new system (as of spring 2015) that allows individual users to store 100 GB of data and share with other users at Purdue. Also support collaboration with non-Purdue users. Good for individuals and small workgroups, but not good for long term historical storage of departmental documents because when a user leaves the University, documents in this system will be wiped/lost. Data is stored on Purdue servers but makes use of the EMC Syncplicity web interface and synchronization tools for

  1. Location: https://purdue.syncplicity.com 
  2. Classification: Personal Storage; Workgroup Storage

5.FileLocker –a security-centric system that allows files to be securely encrypted and transmitted to other users who need an encrypted and very secure file transmission. This is probably the most secure file transmission we have. Allows external users to upload a file securely. Used with Purdue restricted data. Designed for short-term sharing, documents in this system eventually expire and are auto-removed.

  1. Location: https://filelocker.purdue.edu
  2. Classification: Secure File Transmission

6.Purdue Data Depot –a high-capacity, fast, reliable and secure data storage service designed, configured and operated for the needs of Purdue researchers in any field and shareable with both on-campus and off-campus collaborators. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/storage/depot/
  2. Classification: Research Storage; Workgroup Storage

7.Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) –a research collaboration and data management solution for Purdue researchers and their collaborators. Many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require a Data Management Plan with grant proposals. While having a good data management plan does not guarantee funding, a poor data management plan may be the reason a proposal is rejected. If you're wondering what data management is, or if you're looking for data management support, PURR is a good solution for many projects. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://purr.purdue.edu/
  2. Classification: Research Storage ; Workgroup Storage

8.Fortress –a large, long-term, multi-tiered file caching and storage system utilizing both online disk and robotic tape drives. | The Data Depot, Fortress, and PURR, are complementary parts of Purdue's infrastructure for working with research data. The Data Depot is designed for large, actively-used, persistent research data; Fortress is intended for long-term, archival storage of data and results; and PURR is for management, curation, and long-term preservation of research data.

  1. Location: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/storage/fortress/
  2. Classification: Research Storage (long term archival)

9.ITaP Custom Storage Space –if none of the options above meet the needs of an individual or workgroup, storage can be purchased from ITaP for 15 cents per GB per year. Please contact Education IT (edit@purdue.edu) for more information and to initiate a service request.

Info from Bob Evans, COE 10-02-2015

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