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Homespace Research Accounts

Research Project Space

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About Research Accounts

Funded research projects may request server space on OISE’s file sharing server, known as OISE Homespace. A shared space for the research project will be created, allowing members of the research team to store a range of files related to project activity.

As the server is accessed via UTORid, all team members will need to have access to OISE Homespace set up on their desktop. UTORid's can also be arranged by sending a request to the Client Care Portal.

Services available include:

  • Data storage folder (audio, video, documents, powerpoint, data files)
  • CMS (Content Management System) Media folder linked to project CMS website
  • Read and/or Write access to folders for research team members


Quota limits:

  • 5GB of disk space
  • Further storage space can be provided on a fee-for-service basis


Video Storage:

  • Currently for video storage, QuickTime, Windows and Flash formats are supported. However, QuickTime is recommended.
  • Raw video footage should not be stored in OISE HomeSpace. During post-production prior to uploading to OISE Homespace, compression to approximately 5 MB per minute is recommended to optimize use of storage quota.

For answers to general questions and non-research use of Homespace, please see the main HomeSpace page.


Use policy

Research Accounts in OISE Home Space must:


Fall under one of the following categories:

  • For use by a funded project
  • For use by a project that has applied or will soon apply for peer reviewed funding*
  • Sponsored by a recognized Research Centre
  • Sponsored by a recognized Department or Administrative Unit with research needs that cannot be accommodated through HomeSpace Department shares**


And meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Sponsored by an OISE faculty member
  • Accessed by individuals via UTORid

* Requires approval  of department Chair
**Requires approval of department Chair/Unit Head and of EC’s Director IT.


Users must comply with University policies and regulations,and with federal and provincial laws including but not limited to the Appropriate Use of Information Technology, Code of Student Conduct, the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Criminal Code of Canada, and current copyright law.


Research Account Requests

To request an OISE HomeSpace Research Account, simply e-mail the completed application form to the Client Care Portal. Please note that all applications are reviewed by the Director of Information Technology.

General Information you will need on the Application Form:

  • The name of the Research Project
  • Full name of the Sponsoring PI
  • The Department (e.g. CTL, HDAP or AECP)
  • Your full name, e-mail address and UTORid
  • Other members of the project with their UTORid's
  • The asset number of your OISE workstation from which you will be accessing HomeSpace. For personal computers see non-OISE computer installation instructions.


NOTE: If you are affiliated with a research project that is already hosted on HomeSpace, the Sponsoring PI or the project coordinator must request the HomeSpace account for you.