Knowledgebase: Research
Research Data Management - Storage Options
Updated: 25 June 2020 11:32 AM

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

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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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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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OwnCloud at WestGrid

One of the easiest to access is the cloud storage service OwnCloud which is hosted at WestGrid. This service is similar to OneDrive but limited to 50 GB of storage.

WestGrid ownCloud Service Description
Server URL:
Server Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Default Quota: 50GB per user
Backup Policy: Daily backup without offsite copy
Access Methods: Web interface, ownCloud Desktop Sync Clients, ownCloud Mobile Apps, and any WebDAV clients



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Persistent Cloud at Sharcnet


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