Data Den Research Archive

Service Description 

The Data Den Research Archive is a service for preserving electronic data generated from research activities. It is a low-cost, highly-durable storage system, and the largest storage system operated by ITS Advanced Research Computing (ARC). This service can be part of a well-organized data management plan providing international data sharing, encryption, and durability. Data Den Research Archive is used in combination with the Globus File Transfer data management system to migrate data into or out of the system.

Data Den Research Archive is available to all U-M faculty, scientists, clinicians and students (Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Michigan Medicine) with needs to store and archive research data on campus or off-site.


Data Den Research Archive provides a secure environment for most types of sensitive data when using Globus with enabled High Assurance configuration, along with a transfer source or target that is approved for that data type.

When working with PHI, complying with HIPAA's requirements is a shared responsibility. You are responsible for complying with HIPAA safeguards, including:

  • Using and disclosing only the minimum necessary PHI for the intended purpose.
  • Obtaining all required authorizations for using and disclosing PHI.
  • Ensuring that PHI is seen only by those who are authorized to see it.
  • Following any additional steps required by your unit to comply with HIPAA.

Social Security numbers should only be used where required by law or where they are essential for university business processes. If you must use SSNs, it is preferred that you use institutional resources designed to house this data, such as the Data Warehouse. ITS Information Assurance (IA) can help you explore appropriate storage locations or work with you to appropriately encrypt the data if those alternatives will not work for you. (Contact IA via the ITS Service Center.)