ISS's storage guide
Guidance for students at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography (ISS) who need secure storage for green, yellow, red or black data.
As a collector and handler of data, you are responsible, in consultation with your academic supervisor, for ensuring the safe and secure processing and storage of data in compliance with legislation.
Storing and processing green and yellow data
As a general rule, you can store and process this type of data on your own PC (BYOD – bring your own device).
There are a number of restrictions that apply to yellow data that you must follow; a specified list of these can be found here.
Storing and processing red data
If your project includes red data, you must use the University of Oslo’s storage hotel to store this category of data. The storage hotel is operated by the University Centre for Information Technology (USIT). Read more about the storage hotel
The Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) must approve the project in question before you can start using the storage hotel.
In the storage hotel, you will have your own folder (visible only to you and the Department’s super-user) that you can organise as you please. This is comparable to your home area when you are logged in on a UiO PC. If you are working with other people on the same project, several users can be granted access to this folder. You can access the storage hotel as a virtual desktop and use it from on your own devices (BYOD), provided you have internet connection.
You will also be able to process the data stored in the storage hotel. It is possible to use other software to process data located there. It is important that you do not transfer data from the storage hotel to your own device (BYOD). Sufficiently anonymised data can be transferred and used on own devices (BYOD).
To set up a storage hotel account, please send a request to data management at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography (ISS) (e-mail).
Storing and processing black data
If your project includes black data, you must use the Sensitive Data Service (TSD) to store this type of data. TSD is operated by the University Centre for Information Technology (USIT).
The Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) must approve the project in question before you can start using TSD.
In TSD, you will have your own project area that you can organise with subfolders. This is largely comparable to your home area when you are logged in on a UiO PC. You access TSD as a virtual desktop and can use it from a private computer, provided you have internet connection.
TSD has a number of restrictions on the use of other software for processing data. USIT can help you if you have specific needs, provided there is a licence for the software you need.
The Department will set up a joint project folder. If you need to use TSD in your project, please contact data management at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography (ISS) (e-mail).