Online Data Resources Available for UBC Faculty & Students

Here we review many services that may help with sharing and storing data at UBC. To facilitate the construction of data management plans, we make a distinction between data in an ongoing research investigation (Live Storage) and final data that has been processed and/or analyzed (Archival Storage). 

Open data sources

 

This is a list of open data sources that can be accessed online.

DATA SHARING

 

OPEN SCIENCE FRAMEWORK:

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source cloud-based data management system developed by the Center for Open Science (COS). UBC is an OSF Institution, which means researchers can affiliate their OSF account and projects with UBC and log into OSF is possible using their university credentials. Learn more about OSF here.

SCHOLARS PORTAL DATAVERSE:

Dataverse can be used by affiliated researchers to deposit, share, and archive research data. Learn more about Dataverse here.

We are pleased to announced that we have set up a dataverse for the cluster within the UBC dataverse, under which we can set up dataverses for individual labs. Contact Jeffrey LeDue at jledue@mail.ubc.ca to set up a dataverse for your lab. 

FEDERATED RESEARCH DATA REPOSITORY (FRDR):

Portage, Compute Canada (CC) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have collaborated to produce the Federated Research Data Repository. Learn more about FRDR here.

COMPUTE CANADA:

On Compute Canada clusters, Home spaces are unique to individual users while the Project space is shared by a research group. For more information, consult the UBC Dynamic Brain Circuits Cluster White Paper.

TEAMSHARE:

Teamshare services for UBC are very quick to implement and allow for convenient and rapid sharing of relatively small datasets for a reasonable cost. Learn more here.

Live Storage

 

TEAMSHARE:

TeamShare is effective as an on-campus only UBC owned model equivalent to Dropbox.

Alder:

Alder is the DMCBH cluster. Storage on Alder is to be used as a scratch space since it is not backed up. To obtain an Alder account, see here.

COMPUTE CANADA RAPID ACCESS SERVICE (RAS):

Any faculty member at a Canadian university can register an account at the Computer Canada Database, and once registered can sponsor accounts for students, staff, and collaborators. Learn more here.

In BC, Compute Canada servers and resources are accessed through WestGrid

EDUCLOUD:

Educloud is equivalent to Amazon Cloud storage, but compliant with BC data storage and privacy regulations and usually a lower cost solution.

Archival Storage

 

TEAMSHARE:

Teamshare is cost-effective approximately until 15 TB of usage after which cloud storage becomes the better strategy. 

Compute Canada Nearline: 

Nearline is a file system virtualized onto tape, and is the best location for data archival on Compute Canada. For more information, consult the UBC Dynamic Brain Circuits Cluster White Paper.

Open Science FRamework:

Learn more about OSF here.