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# Exchanging Research Data with Collaborators
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LCSB provides two channels for the exchange of data with research collaborators **ownCloud** and **Data Upload Manager (DUMA)**. This labcard provides information on the use of these exchange channels.
LCSB provides two channels for the exchange of data with research collaborators **ownCloud** and **Data Upload Manager (DUMA)**. This howto-card provides information on the use of these exchange channels.
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# Owncloud Quickguide
**LCSB ownCloud** is a private cloud storage service for the use of LCSB staff and collaborators. It is suitable for exchanging small-sized files (up to 1-2 gigabyte). All communication with the LCSB ownCloud server is SSL encrypted.
**LCSB ownCloud** is a private cloud storage service for the use of LCSB staff and collaborators. It is suitable for exchanging small-sized files (up to 1-2 gigabyte). All communication with the LCSB ownCloud server is SSL encrypted.
## Obtaining a LUMS account
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## Using LCSB ownCloud
Similar to other cloud storage systems, ownCloud is accessible both via a browser and also via a client application. On the web, LCSB's ownCloud is at [https://owncloud.lcsb.uni.lu/](https://owncloud.lcsb.uni.lu/)
Similar to other cloud storage systems, ownCloud is accessible both via a browser and also via a client application. On the web, LCSB's ownCloud is at [https://owncloud.lcsb.uni.lu/](https://owncloud.lcsb.uni.lu/)
![LCSB ownCloud web login](owcld_1.png)
![LCSB ownCloud web login](../img/owcld_1.png)
You can download the ownCloud client suitable for your staff computer [here](https://owncloud.org/download/). User documentation on ownCloud tools and portal can be found [here](https://doc.owncloud.com/server/index.html).
When sharing research data, one should observe the following guidance using Owncloud:
* Limit folder shares to only the personnel that needs to access data.
* Limit folder shares to only the personnel that needs to access data.
* When sharing via Links, always set a **password** and an **expiration date** for the link.
![](owcld_2.png)
![](../img/owcld_2.png)
* When sharing folders via Links, **the link passwords should not be sent plain in email**. Instead, password links should be used. If you need to generate link passwords can use the [Private bin](https://privatebin.lcsb.uni.lu) service hosted by the LCSB.
* When sharing folders via Links, **the link passwords should not be sent plain in email**. Instead, password links should be used. If you need to generate link passwords can use the [Private bin](https://privatebin.lcsb.uni.lu) service hosted by the LCSB.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: Whenever the LCSB shares an ownCloud folder with you (collaborator), the share password will be reachable via link, which will expire. Therefore you should make a record of your password once you view it.**
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