Knowledgebase: Research
Research Data Management - Storage Options
Updated: 18 November 2020 11:42 AM

The commonly used research data storage systems available to researchers at OCAD University.


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OCAD University institutional Microsoft OneDrive

The most widely available storage system is the institutional OneDrive service. You may have used similar cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. OneDrive is a cloud based file hosting service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office 365 for Business services which OCAD University has purchased for use by all current faculty, staff and students, and comes with free, unlimited storage.

Browse to and enter your OCADUid and password. Your OCADUid is your username (e.g. jdoe, doej, 3150001)

Details of the OneDrive for Business Service:
- largest individual file size is 15 GB
- maximum storage capacity is unlimited
- files at rest for OneDrive for Business will be stored in Canadian Data Centre locations
- data in transit may travel through non-Canadian network infrastructure
- further information about Office 365 data handling can be found here:




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The OCAD University Dataverse Repository

The OCAD University Dataverse is repository for non-sensitive research data collected by researchers affiliated with the University. This open source platform allows researchers to deposit, share, analyze, cite, and explore data.




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Compute Canada

Compute Canada is a government funded consortium of computer services to enable excellence in research and innovation for the benefit of Canada by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions.You must first setup a free account with Compute Canada to access any of the consortium services. WestGrid and Sharcnet are two that will be most useful to researchers at OCAD University.


Create a Compute Canada Account here (Note that it may take 3-4 business days to be approved)


Compute Canada Services

The services available with your Compute Canada account vary in the level of computer knowledge required to access and use them. Once logged in with your Compute Canada account , go to the ‘My Account’ tab located in the top menu bar and click on ‘Apply for a Consortium Account’. 


 screen shot of Compute Canada consortium selection menu



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Nextcloud at Compute Canada

All Compute Canada users are granted access to Nextcloud, a OneDrive-like cloud storage service with a storage limit of 100 GB.

The Compute Canada wiki for the service:

Compute Canada Nextcloud service description
Server URL:
Server Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Default Quota: 100 GB per user
Backup Policy: Daily backup without offsite copy
Access Methods: Web interface, Nextcloud Desktop Sync Client, Nextcloud mobile apps, and any WebDAV client

Documentation: PDF and online




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The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is the Ontario based High Performance Computing (HPC) consortium that coordinates most of the regions publicly funded, large research compute and network resources, into a single compute service hub.


Persistent Cloud at SHARCNET

SHARCNET offers a virtual server service where users can create Virtual Machines (VM)
via a self service model where users create VMs using a web portal. These Virtual Machines can be used for research which requires a web server that is available via the public Internet.

The default allocation is:
- 4 cores
- 8 GB memory
- 50 GB persistent storage
- 1 Floating IP


Creating a Web Server on CC-Cloud