SURF Data Archive

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Description The Data Archive offers a central location for data archiving. Academic researchers, UMCs and other organizations from a great variety of disciplines use Data Archive. In contrast to data back up which is meant for disaster-recovery for data used on a daily basis, the goal of archiving is long-term retention. It is thus targeted at keeping data that is not actively used safe for future use, i.e. researchers can “freeze” data accompanying a paper or raw data that will serve as a basis for future analysis.The service allows the user to safely archive petabytes of valuable research data. Data ingested to the Data Archive is kept in two different tape libraries that are located in two different places in the Netherlands.
We offer very fast connections between the archive infrastructure and other compute infrastructure at SURFsara to allow for fast staging of archived data.
Data access is facilitated by several data transfer protocols that can be employed in a Linux or Windows environment.
The Data Archive service offers:
• Helpdesk via phone, email or face to face;
• High-level support concerning the optimal use of the service;
• Long-term and safe preservation of data;
• Good access to other SURFsara infrastructure facilities like: HPC Cloud, Supercomputer, Grid;

• Accessing and placing data:
o Via internet, using SSH, (HPN)SCP, SFTP, rsync, GridFTP;
o Via iRODS federations, in this case also data user-defined data policies can be implemented and executed. Currently, the EUDAT-B2SAFE policies
Organisation SURFSURF is the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch higher education and research. SURF offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities.
Type of service Storage facility
Legislation Netherlands
Usage and appreciation
Support organisation
Stage in the research project During, After
Postion within the research process2. Processing data, 3. Analysing data, 4. Preserving data
Domain 5. Public Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases
Data curation-- Unknown --
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie, Klasse 2 voor interne informatie [voor een beperkte groep]
Administrative information
Depositor agreement
User agreement
Policy SURF policy and policies of local universities
Intellectual property
Data curation strategy
Target group
Faculty General
Primary target group
Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Accepted metadata formats
Accepted content types
Accepted preferred formats
Accepteerde file formats
Maximum size of deposits
Version management No
Quality control
Access requirements
Tools / Interfaces for access
(Persistent) identifiers Handle
Long term guarantees
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories Not certified
Preservation strategy
Storage No
Access No
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University None