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Please submit your registration at


Please use your k-number as the username.

The form collects the following metadata:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Project members (please include members' email address and k-number)
  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Start and End dates
  • Funder
  • Quota required

On submission, a Project will be created in RDS. Each Project has an access group, members of which can connect to the allocated storage, according to the list of project members given on the registration form. Please contact e-Research if you would like to change the list of project members after registration.


As RDS cannot commit to store data indefinitely, all allocations must be associated with start and end dates.


RDS is not suitable for the plain-text 1 storage of Identifiable data. 2


The usage model for RDS is organised around the Research Project. For every registered Project central funding will provide up to 5TB of storage. Projects requiring larger allocations will need to cover part of the extra cost and should budget £50/TB/annum for volumes beyond the 5TB centrally-funded allowance. PIs are encouraged to declare these costs on grant applications so that they can be passed onto Research Councils and other funding bodies.


  • the first 5TB is centrally funded.
  • storage beyond 5TB, £50 annually for each TB usage


This document describes the Research Project–focused use of RDS. Whilst this is the most typical use-case, another specific requirement at KCL is for the storage of machine generated data associated with a facility e.g. a microscope. Please contact e-Research directly for more information about this type of use.

Terms of use

Before requesting an account, please read the terms of use — in requesting an account and accessing the system, it is implied that you agree to the terms of use as stated. This is especially important for supervisors or members of staff who are responsible for student or collaborator accounts.

  1. Plain-text data refers to data that can be read without any need for a key, as opposed to encrypted data. 

  2. Identifiable data is data that can be linked with an identifiable person.