5. Example HFS Archive Projects

The following are typical examples of how the HFS Archive service is used to support the management of research data.

  • A collection of almost 400 electronic literary compositions derived from sources from ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) had been stored on two standalone Mac desktop machines within the University. The data was unique and amounted to just 4GB in total and was clearly a candidate for archiving with the HFS.
  • A large project analysing a time series of satellite imagery to describe environmental conditions and predict the spread of borne diseases was funded internally by the University. The source data was downloaded from an institution in the US over an unreliable link (the host systems in the US were not always available), yet these source data were a start point for a number of labour- and time-intensive analyses which produced further large data sets. Both source and derived data were vulnerable stored on one data server. The project now stores close to 1TB of data with the HFS.
  • A study into the ways in which networks of brain cells interact to influence behaviour is part-funded by the MRC. The study involves the production of a number of electrophysiological recordings - large image files that are intrinsic to the project yet due to their size (6TB in total) cannot be stored locally. As data is accrued by this project it is archived with the HFS on a rolling chargeable basis, costed per TB per five years.

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