FAQ - Coscine
If the allocated memory is not sufficient, the project owner must apply for additional memory. If you are not the project owner, please contact them first.
There is no specific limit to the number of resources that can be stored in a project. Since the data in a resource is described with a common metadata scheme, it can make sense within more complex projects to have several resources of one type in order to describe different data types with corresponding metadata schemes.
Currently, data cannot be shared with anyone outside the project. However, you always have the option to add new users to a project to allow access to your data.
At the end of the pilot phase, we will introduce further methods of data sharing.
Coscine can integrate various data sources (resource types). Depending on the resource type e.g. Gitlab, gitlabs usage rules continue to apply to data there.
The research data storage (FDS) plays a special role as it is only provided by Coscine and only allows to be used for research data.
The Coscine web platform uses state-of-the-art security technologies to protect your data and the transmission to end devices is SSL-encrypted. The security of communication with the various resource types is also guaranteed.
security of the resource types:
The research data storage (RDS) is operated by a university consortium (RWTH Aachen University, Cologne University, Duisburg-Essen University, Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University Dortmund) and is therefore subject to strict data protection guidelines. The RDS is based on modern object store technology and is protected against data loss by location-redundant storage. As a university consortium, there is no interest in passing on the data of its own researchers.
In the future, Coscine will also integrate other external storage systems such as Gitlab and Sciebo. In this case, Coscine itself only keeps the metadata for description. These are stored locally according to similar standards, protected against unauthorized access and secured by a backup.
The security of the data in the external systems remains in the hands of the respective operator. Therefore, it is recommended to use trustworthy and established services such as Sciebo, the Gitlab of RWTH Aachen University or similar.
The motivation behind Coscine is to offer researchers a safe and supportive integration platform for collaborative research.
We try to make Coscine easy to integrate into the existing processes of researchers and to deliver additional value in data management by integrating various established services for research management into one system. Many research projects can benefit from this.
If you are not sure whether or how you can use Coscine, please contact the IT-ServiceDesk directly. As part of the RDM team at RWTH Aachen University, we can advise you on how to use Coscine, but we can also point out other solutions if they meet your needs more adequately.
If the given metadata schemes turn out to be insufficient for your purpose, you have the opportunity to contact us and work out your own metadata scheme together with a team of dedicated experts.
Contact the IT-ServiceDesk for more information.
Coscine allows you to log in via various external services. It is possible that you have logged in via two different services and that you are assigned different projects.
You can easily connect these accounts to have access to all your projects, regardless of the log-in method.
To connect your accounts in Coscine, please follow these instructions [LINK].