wpi offers researchers several options for sharing data with outside partners and institutions. arc is currently running pilot programs testing two new powerful data sharing tools.
to enable multi-site research teams, wpi is implementing the shibboleth/incommon authentication toolset. a process for generating account access is in place.
we are also testing the integrated rule oriented data system (irods), an open source data grid that allows users to share organized collections of data. users can upload, download, and manage data on a storage server located at wpi and linked to a wider network of universities. at the moment, irod user accounts are independent from wpi credentials. individual wpi faculty and research personal can request an account for themselves and external collaborators.