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What is Research Drive?
Research Drive is a data storage service by SURF. It’s useful to store files that are too big for GitHub (even with LFS), files that need to be shared across multiple projects, archives from pre-GitHub projects, and other kinds of files that don’t have a natural home in repositories (e.g., raw data). Think of it as a sort of Dropbox.
SURF services are only available for researchers affiliated with Dutch institutions.
Obtain an Account
If you are an employee at Tilburg University, you can request access to Research Drive by contacting the Research Data Office. Ask then a a member of your team to give you access to the appropriate directories you will need for your project(s).
Access your Files
The easiest way to access Research Drive is via the browser.
Visit researchdrive.surfsara.nl/index.php/login or the institutional instance of your institution. For Tilburg University, that is via the following link: tilburguniversity.data.surfsara.nl/index.php/login.
Login via SURFconext if you have an university account, or use the credentials given to you if you are an external guest.
You can now access your folders and files in your Research Drive. You can also upload and download files directly from your browser, like how you would do on Google Drive or Dropbox.
Rclone is an open-source command line program to manage files on cloud storage. You can use it to selectively access, download, upload, move and delete data on Research Drive. This will save you disk space - you won’t need to download the entire project directory on your local disk, but only the files that you need.
The key advantage of using
rclone is that you can work with files programmatically, from the command line or your code directly.
First, you will need to install
rclone. Download from rclone.org, or run the following command on your personal machine:Tip
On computing services and research clusters, make sure that
module load rcloneis in your
Run the following command to configure
You will be now guided through the configuration. Read this comprehensive guide on how to configure it properly.
- Have fun!
Some useful commands
List all files in directory
rclone ls RD:
Copy source directory to destination directory
rclone copy /my/folder RD:my/destination/folder
You can find these and many more command examples on this comprehensive guide on using rclone with Research Drive.
Use rclone in your code
In order to use
rclone directly in your code, you will need a wrapper like
python-rclone for Python. You can install it with:
pip install python-rclone
You can find instructions on how to use it here.
Share your Files
You may want to share your files with other colleagues. You can do so by either sharing them with other Research Drive users or via a public link. Follow this guide to learn how to do it.
Tilburg University disabled sharing with public links for safety reasons.