Oxford University is celebrated throughout the world for the quality of its research, and to maintain that quality there is an ever-increasing need for researchers to store, access, manage and share the data they are working with, data that is of critical value. To better support them, the Research File Service (RFS) project will deliver a secure and resilient central storage facility for active research data. It will be available to all researchers across the University and can be accessed via a user-friendly digital interface.
RFS will enable active collaboration across departments and divisions, as well as externally with the wider research community. It will become the University’s preferred way of sharing research data, and will be fully compliant with University data governance regulations.
RFS will deliver secure, affordable, scalable storage for active research data and will:
• Provide an easy-to-use, reliable service
• Protect active research data
• Facilitate compliance with GDPR and the University information security policy
• Enable researchers to collaborate safely within the University and externally
• Offer a service to all researchers, via a wide variety of devices and platforms.
A preferred supplier has been appointed and asked to provide a proof of concept during Michaelmas term, showing exactly how the University’s requirements will be met. Some of the first adopters, recruited by the project team, will be asked to be involved in testing the proof of concept, to ensure it meets with their specific needs and developing the service model going forwards.
The proof of concept will run during Michaelmas 2019. Provided this is successful, RFS should be ready for use during 2020.
Your questions answered
The following answers address the main questions we have been asked. If you would like to know more, please contact the RFS team at firstname.lastname@example.org