What’s stored on VicNode?

This week at VicNode we spent some time crunching the Field of Research (FOR) codes used to describe the 2.8 PB of research data approved for storage on VicNode. As we love data, and love making data public, we wanted to share our results with you …

VicNode is being used to store data across all of the 22 fields of research. The figure below shows how the 2.8 PB of approved research data is split between each of these fields. Many of the collections on VicNode contain data related to multiple fields of research.

Data by FOR Code 2014-08-07

Victoria’s strength in Medical and Health Sciences (02) is evident with with 23% of the research data approved for storage representing this field. This is closely followed closely by the Biological Sciences (06) and Physical Sciences (02)—each representing 18% of the total data approved for storage. However, we were happy to see all research fields so well represented—demonstrating the diversity of research being undertaken across Victoria.

We also dived in a bit deeper in to the areas with the most research data.

First, let’s look at Medical and Health Sciences (11) with 630 TB of data. Of the 18 fields described under Medical and Health Sciences, VicNode is storing data relating to 14 of these fields. The graph below show Neuroscience (1109), and Oncology and Carcinogenesis (1112) to be the most data intensive fields on VicNode. However, it is great to see that such a broad cross-section of the Medical and Health Sciences field is represented in Victoria and on VicNode.

Data by FOR Code-02 2014-08-07


It’s a similar story in the Biological Sciences (06) with 530 TB of data. Currently VicNode has approved collections relating to all of the fields described under Biological and Health Sciences except Zoology (0608). To date Biochemistry and Cell Biology (0601) and Genetics (0604) have proved the most data intensive fields in this area.

Data by FOR Code-06 2014-08-07

In the Physical Sciences (02) VicNode has approved 490 TB of research data for storage. The fields under Physical Sciences are well represented, but it is Astronomical and Space Sciences (0201) and Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics (0202) that so far have required the most storage.

Data by FOR Code-02 2014-08-07

Finally, in Engineering (09), 270 TB of research data has been approved for storage on VicNode.

Data by FOR Code-09 2014-08-07

More information on each of the research data collections stored on VicNode can be found on our Collections page.

If you would like to find out more about how you can use VicNode to share your research data, read our page on how to Get Storage or Contact us or your referral partner for more information.