During each stage of your research project you will need different tools, for example for storing data during collecting, cleaning and analyzing, or archiving after you have finished. The EUR has several tools available.
Each research project should start with a Data Management Plan (DMP). In a DMP you write what type of data and how much data you will be collecting, what tools you will be using, who has access to the data, how backups are made, etc. Thinking about what is needed in each stage of the research project before you start the project will help make the project run more efficiently and prevent issues from occurring. Most research funders have made writing a DMP mandatory. In DMP Online you can find the DMP format for each funder as well as the EUR DMP format.
EUR Network Drive [@wEURk]
During your research project, you can store documents on the EUR Network Drive, which is suited for individual use and is accessible from any EUR computer or via remote desktop. You can also apply for a Shared Drive for sharing with multiple colleagues. The EUR Network Drive may be used with personal data, which is data that can directly or indirectly identify the participants in your research [e.g. name, address, IP-address]. For sensitive data, whether or not personal data, using the EUR Document Vault is recommended.
SURF Drive & SURF Research Drive
SURF Drive and Research Drive are cloud-based tools for storing and sharing data during the research project. SURF Drive is best suited for storing and sharing data with other researchers in the Netherlands (EUR and non-EUR); for international projects and third-parties involved can also be included in SURF Research Drive. Hence, the former is best suited for individual use, the latter for project use. Both tools may be used with personal data, which is data that can directly or indirectly identify the participants in your research (e.g. name, address, IP-address). For sensitive data, whether or not personal data, using the EUR Document Vault is recommended.
When needing to safely transfer [large] data files to non-EUR researchers or third-party organisations involved in a research project, SURF Filesender is the recommended tool. This tool also allows you to invite others to send files to the EUR. All files are automatically encrypted, making the tool also usable for sending personal and sensitive data.
EUR Document Vault
The EUR Document Vault is a high-security cloud-based tool used for storing and sharing sensitive data during a research project. Data is sensitive if it can cause significant harm were it to be made public. Many times this pertains to personal data such as information on a person’s health, religion, or political beliefs, but it may also pertain to non-personal data such as competition-sensitive company data.
EUR Data Repository
Data underlying a publication can be placed in the EUR Data Repository. All data will be automatically assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) so that others can easily cite your data, reuse it in similar research or can verify or replicate the results. This is an important part of research integrity and often mandatory by most research funders. It is becoming the standard for many journals. Data can be made openly available but may also be placed under restrictions such as embargo, confidential, or only accessible or reused under terms set by the owner of the data.