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Daureen Nesdill
My office is in the Faculty Center (1705U) located on the first floor in the west entrance of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

My phone number is 801-585-5975. My office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am until 5pm. Please call or email first to make sure I'm available.

Data management, University and federal policies, repositories, campus storage options, research posters and electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) are my primary responsibilities.

University of Utah researchers have been asking for solutions for storing research data while conducting the research and after completion of the work. The Office of the Vice President for Research along with the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), Marriott Library, Eccles Health Sciences Library, UIT, and Bioinformatics have been working towards solutions. This guide provides information on storage related to electronic notebooks, REDCap and LabArchives; the cloud solutions from UIT, UBox, O365 and Ucloud; and the group and archive storage space from CHPC - Research Computing Support for the University.

Is it Restricted or Sensitive Research Data?

Note the text in yellow "Endangered Species/Habitat". Yes, HIPAA data and data falling under Import/Export rules must be secured as Restricted data, but that does not mean a PI cannot consider his/her data Restricted.

For additional information on restricted, sensitive and public data see Rule 4-004C Data Classification and Encryption Rev. 1

Security and Software from Information Security Office (ISO)

1 Microsoft O365 does not include Outlook, Calendar, Tasks and Skype for Business. It does include Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Onenote, Sway, Sites, Delve, Video, Newsfeed and also OneDrive. BUT OneDrive is not appropriate for storing research data at this time (May 2018)

2 The U has a BAA for Adobe Creative Cloud which includes Photoshop, therefore the cloud version of Photoshop is appropriate for research purposes.


Business Associate Agreement (BAA)

Research data should be stored within systems for which the University has a Business Associate Agreement (BAA).  These agreements outline the permitted use, disclosure, restrictions, and outlines many safeguards required to protect the restricted information that may be shared with the business associate. If you have questions regarding whether a particular software has a Business Associate Agreement, please contact Milton Burbidge ( in the Compliance Privacy Office at 801-587-9241.


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