Using CloudStor Collections, you can:
- Bundle your research data, manuscripts, notes, and annotations into a single BagIt compatible package.
- Add metadata to describe the data is about, who contributed to it, and any retention or embargo requirements.
- Securely store and share the archive.
Meet data archiving and publishing standards
CloudStor Collections makes it simpler to meet funding body and institutional requirements around data archiving and publishing. It offers secure authentication and integrity validations.
How it works
- Create an empty Collection for your data.
- Add raw data, processed data, manuscripts, notes, and annotations from CloudStor.
- Organise your files with a folder structure so that you and others can find information easily, without modifying the file locations or directory structure in CloudStor.
- Rearrange and move files within your Collection until you’re happy with the organisation.
- Add some metadata to describe what the data is about, who contributed to it, and any retention or embargo requirements.
- Package up the Collection for secure storage.
- Send, share, or publish the Collection.
Collections compared to basic archive files
CloudStor Collections are different to basic archive formats like zip and tar files. They offer extra functionality as standard, like:
- Human readability: a readme.html file lists all files, directories, and metadata in the package.
- Machine readability: a manifest.json file lists all files, directories, and metadata in the package. Software platforms can use this to quickly display the contents of the package.
- Alteration awareness: A checksum is a cryptographic hash of a file. If the file changes, so does the checksum - allowing Collections to alert you if any changes have occurred within a Collection since it was packaged.