Storing and archiving research data

When we talk about retaining research data, we differentiate between storing and storing research data.

You store your research data when they are “warm” i.e. during collecting, processing and analysis. When the project is finished and you have used your data for your own purpose, the time has come to preserve them for the future by archiving them.

Before you chose how your research data should be stored and later archived, it’s highly recommended that you consider the precautions you need to take for your data. To do this we advise you to read through USN’s guides for classifying and storing information.


The classification guide helps you to decide whether your research data can be shared openly, internally, or if it is confidential or strictly confidental.

The storage guide gives an overview over what kind of storage environment (internal or external) you can use to storage and process your research data, based on the categories listed in the classification guide.


The classification and storage guide for USN employees can be found here

The classification and storage guide for USN students can be found here

Top three solutions at USN:


Archival solution: USN Research Data Archive (USN RDA)

USN Research Data Archive is the institutional research data archive at USN and is provided by Figshare. Researchers at USN are initially awarded 10GB of storage space for your own use; please contact us through the Figshare link if you need more. You can read more about technical possibilities and correlations on how to use the USN Research Data Archive on the information pages.

Processing solution: Services for sensitive data (TSD)

TSD is used to collect, store and analyze sensitive research data in compliance with the Norwegian regulations regarding individuals' privacy. It provides a virtual working space for researchers and is primarily an IT-platform for research, and is used for both clinical and commercial research. TSD is developed and operated by UiO.

Archival Solution: NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data

NSD is one of the largest archives for research data of its kind and provides data to researchers and students in Norway and abroad. Additionally NSD is a resource centre, which assists researchers regarding data gathering, analysis, and issues of methodology, privacy and research ethics.