Storage of scientific project data

The service offers data storage facilities to researchers that require a platform to store, share, manage and compute on large, active scientific datasets for a limited time until the results are published.

Access to the storage service, including user support, is granted through applications.The datasets to be stored must meet requirements for scientific quality. The researcher must comply with the acceptable use policy and the ICT policies at their respective research institutions. An annual report stating the results and achievements from the stored data must be prepared.

Beskrivelse av tjenesten: 

To obtain access it is required to submit an application. All applications are processed by a national resource allocation committee (RFK), appointed by the UNINETT Sigma2 Board, normally twice a year. Approved applications are granted a storage quota inn accordance with documented needs and resource availability.Calls for proposals are published on the UNINETT Sigma2 website, normally in January and July. 

When storage resources are allocated, the researcher will administer a project with allocated resources. It is up to the researcher to decide what persons (users) should have access to the allocated resources.

The NIRD data infrastructure does not only offer the resources to store the data, but also tools and resources to process and analyze the content (Service Platform). In addition to these core services, more specialized and adapted services may be provided. These specific services are intended to allow the users to make more efficient use of their data stored on the national e-infrastructure. 

The learn how to log onto the NIRD project area, how to check the disk usage and what is the NIRD back up regime, please read here.

Replication policy
As per default, the allocation of storage resources assumes that all data is critical and therefore implies a two-site replication policy with a 99.99999999999999% (16 decimal nines) data durability. This very high durability is achieved by combining RAID technology and a two-site replication policy. In the event of a disaster (e.g fire, flooding) at one of the data centres, critical data that is geographically replicated will be accessible from the secondary site with little or no delay. 

Data that is possible to recreate within reasonable limits or costs (non-critical), or that is duplicated on other storage resources should normally select a "no-replication" (single copy) policy. In some cases projects may require to store a mixture of critical and non-critical data and in such cases it is possible to request a "mixed replication" policy.


The costs associated with the operation of and investments for the service are covered by grants from the Research Council of Norway and contributions from four universities, the Universitites of Tromsø, Bergen and Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2018, there will be a cost associated with using this service for new projects with grants from the Norwegian Research Council which includes e-infrastructure funding.

Hvem kan benytte tjenesten: 

The storage of scientific project data service is available to staff and students at Norwegian universities and university colleges. Researchers in independent research institutes may also gain access to this service, provided that their work is funded by public grants and meets requirements for scientific publication.

Organisering av tjenesten: 

UNINETT Sigma2 coordinates the national e-infrastructure both nationally and internationally, and assists customers in the administration of allocated resources. RFK distributes resources in accordance with priorities and recommendations from UNINETT Sigma2.