Data exchange and collaboration solutions

Wageningen University & Research offers several solutions to exchange research data with others inside and outside the institution and to collaborate on research data.

The best solution for exchanging and collaborating on your data depends on the following factors:

  • Who needs access to your research data and from which location?
  • How much data does it concern?
  • What is the confidentiality classification of your research data?

Depending on your answers on these questions, possible solutions are listed in the table below.

Data exchange solution Short description Can I exchange data with third parties? For confidential data?
Project or department shares through the W:-drive Research data that are stored in a folder on the W:-drive can be shared with others within the institution (project or department shares) No, only within the institution Yes
Team sites Team sites is a web based collaboration platform where you can share and edit data files Yes. Wageningen University & Research employees can request access for people outside Wageningen University & Research by requesting an extranet account (guest-account) Yes
MS Teams Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines chat, video meetings and file storage (including collaboration on files) Yes Yes
OneDrive for Business Personal File Syncing solutions such as OneDrive for Business make it easy to share data files with others. Yes, use this for working copies only. this data should then also be stored on W:-drive or Team sites. Yes. When using OneDrive for Business for confidential data, only synchronise to WUR devices, and use the web interface on other devices.
SURFfilesender SURFfilesender is a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send arbitrarily large files to other users. Yes Yes

Contact the Data Desk for advice on the best solution.