What to consider
There are a number of options for storing data, and it will depend on the type of research and data you are creating. You might want to consider:
- The size and format of your data
- If you will need ongoing access for modification, analysis, compilation
- The potential sensitivity or identifiability of your data- does it contain identifiable information about people, is it medical data, is it politically sensitive, does it contain information that could have adverse impacts if made more widely available?
- If you are working with researchers outside La Trobe University
- Does your data need to be stored in Australia? Many grants and funding requirements ask for this.
- If you will need access to data offsite (e.g. working from home or outside La Trobe)
- You might also want to look at the backup options offered by whatever storage solution you choose.
To request storage space for your research data:
- Go to La Trobe University's Ask ICT page (Ask Services portal)
- Go to Get Help > Research Support > Research Data Storage Space
- Submit the form and somebody from ICT will advise you on the best storage space options available. The type of storage space allocated to you will depend on your specific requirements and the nature of your project.
Note: Only La Trobe University staff members can request storage space. If you are a graduate researcher, your supervisor can request storage space for you. They then become the owner and manager of this space and can share it with you.
You can contact ICT (ext 1500) to discuss your requirements prior to submitting your request.