Sharing data with collaborators

IT Services provide a range of services to support data sharing with collaborators, within and beyond the University.

What are my options for sharing data?

External IT accounts

IT Services recognises ‘collaborative worker’ (casual, hourly paid, fees based, employed by a Unit associated with the University or someone working with a University of Leicester member of staff) as having a direct association with the work of the University.  This means access may be granted to certain IT services through an External University IT Account.

FileDrop service

The FileDrop service enables sharing of data between University members and external collaborators. The service allows:

  • University members to upload data via a web browser to be downloaded by other university members, or non-members
  • Non-University members to upload data via a web browser to be downloaded by University members.

IT Services, FileDrop Service

Research file storage

How will others, including external collaborators, access the data?  The data on the system can be made available to anyone with an active University IT account. This can be requested through the IT Service Desk. IT Services, Research File Store

Wiki service

The Wiki service enables creation of documentation and information available via a web browser and easily editable by multiple researchers collaborating on a project.  The service is for use by academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate research students. IT Services, Wiki

Database hosting

Contact IT Services ( / 0116 252 2253)

Further Information

Research Data material:

RDM Principles

Data Planning Documents

DMP Documents - Small file

Poster (pdf pdf)

University of Leicester Research Data Management poster

Brochure (pdf pdf)


Blog Data For Research Blog




Input and feedback

August 2018 - This website will be relaunched in September 2018. Feedback and input is welcome, so please let the library research services team know what type of content you would like to be included on the website by contacting us at

RDM news and events
  1. The University of Leicester Figshare for data digital archive is now available for research staff and PhD students. User guidance on upload/data deposit.
  2. Information Governance training is now available, provided by e-LfH (an NHS organisation). The University has registered to access this NHS resource and individual accounts can be set up by sending name and email address to Andrew Burnham.
  3. There is now a standard University Privacy Impact Assessment process where data collection or receipt, or systems purchase or development may have privacy consequences
  4. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the research PI and/or data owner
  5. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  6. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  7. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact
  8. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  9. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  10. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  11. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  12. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  13. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  14. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  15. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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