A file sharing service that allows working on shared data with your collaborators worldwide.

DataSync is a file hosting service similar to Dropbox but your data is kept securely on University of Edinburgh servers.

You get 20 GB of space in DataSync and you can also link DataSync with your personal or research group storage on DataStore.



  • You can access and edit your data from different computers and devices and be sure that the changes are synchronised for all of them.
  • You can use DataSync via the web and also download apps to make it easy to access from mobile devices.
  • You can securely share your active data with collaborators locally and internationally so you can work together; all they need is an email address.
  • DataSync is fully backed-up. All the information will still be there if there’s a problem with your personal computer or laptop and if a file is accidentally deleted you have some time to find and restore it.
  • DataSync is hosted entirely within the University of Edinburgh. No data is stored on third-party servers


  • The data is stored in the UK by Information Services at the University of Edinburgh
  • Uses the HTTPS protocol when connecting to the web interface
  • Files sent or received over the network are encrypted using TLS (transport layer security)
  • Files stored on the server are NOT encrypted
  • Your data is only visible to other people if you choose to share it. None of your data is shared by default.
Find out more about DataSync

Free or paid for:


Product Features

  • Share files with colleagues anywhere
  • Link and sync with your personal or group DataStore space
  • 20 gigabytes of storage space additional to your DataStore space
  • Synchronisation of changes to files
  • Apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android
  • Online guidance
  • Email support

Applicable Disciplines

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Business, Management and Accounting
  • Computer Sciences
  • Energy
  • Health Professions
  • Material Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Environmental Science
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Social Sciences
  • Veterinary

Case Studies

Terms & Conditions

The Computing Regulations govern the use of all University computing and network facilities by staff, students and anyone else authorised to use them.

Technical Requirements

  • Internet Access
  • Active Directory Login
  • A device using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS or Android is required to use an app

Support and Training Available