Where can I put my data?


The primary storage facility for research data at JCU is provided by the High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) unit but other options also exist. This section attempts to outline the options available to researchers. For a quick guide see the Taxonomy of Storage Solutions.

Storage facilities discussed here include:

There are also some useful tools related to managing your data:
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The HPRC provides both compute and storage resources to the JCU research community. Some research groups may have alternative arrangements for research data storage - please check with your supervisor, School or Research unit to find out if this is the case for your unit.

For more information on how to get an account on the HPRC, see About HPRC.

Tropical Data Hub

Tropical Data Hub

The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) is the JCU research data repository and is where data sets are placed for archiving and public distribution. Data stored in the TDH can be searched for and view via the JCU Research Data site. For more information about how to place data in the TDH see the eResearch Centre website.

Data is the TDH should be viewed as read-only data sets - living data should be placed on the HPRC.


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Cloudstor+ is a cloud-based file storage solution, similar to Dropbox, that is provided for researchers by AARNet (Australia's Acedemic and Research Network). Researcher can get access to up to 100GB of storage free of charge. There are tools available to enable automatic synchronisation of files between your workstation/laptop and the cloud storage as well as apps for your mobile device (android and apple).

For more information on Cloudstor+ see the AARNet information page and the Getting Started Guide.


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For research data holdings of lasting value and importance, the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) storage may be a suitable home. RDSI storage is allocated on a merit basis. To apply for RDSI storage at JCU please contact Jay van Schyndel at the eResearch Centre.

QCRIScloud also offers cloud compute services - see www.qcif.edu.au/index.php/services/qriscloud for more information.


The other solutions listed here are not primarily research data storage mechanisms but can assist you with storing of project documentation and data transfers.

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eSpaces is a service that allows you to build small websites easily and for free. This Data Management site has been built using eSpaces. eSpaces allows both public and private pages within a site and allows you to share access to private pages to anyone that belongs to an AAF affiliated institution - so almost all research institutes and universities in Australia. 

eSpaces is meant to hold documents rather than research data. So its a good place to create a page to advertise your research project and to hold team documents, meeting notes etc.

For more information about eSpaces see http://www.espaces.edu.au/

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Cloudstor - file sender

Cloudstor is a very different product from Cloudstor+. Cloudstor is a mechanism for sharing files that are too big to email. It allows you to send a file up to100GB in size to upto 100 recipients. Your file is stored for a maximum of 20 days. You will get an email when each of your recipients downloads your file so you can track if they have "picked it up" or not.

For more information see the cloudstor help page and to access the service go to https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/filesender

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Quadrant is a platform that is designed to assist with the management of participant based research. The product is supported by QCIF and currently available to Australian based researchers free of charge.

For more information about Quadrant, see the website at http://www.quadrant.edu.au/.