Important News

The Research Hub service will be discontinued in June 2015.

More details are available in the Campus Collaboration Services Update from Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Associate Vice Chancellor - IT and Chief Information Officer Larry Conrad.

About Research Hub

Research Hub provides powerful tools
for content management and collaboration

Managing research data. Sharing documents. Getting information on the go. Campus scholars need a hub for making the most of their digital domain. Information Services & Technology (IST) presents Research Hub, a Web-based service for the UC Berkeley community.

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Collaborate with Colleagues

Research Hub is designed for collaboration. Quickly create sites for your research teams and projects, or simply share files with a co-author. Uploading documents to Research Hub enables you and your colleagues to work from a common, up-to-date resource pool. CalNet Guest Accounts make it painless to include colleagues from outside UC Berkeley. Mobile access lets you work or present wherever your meetings take you.

Organize and Enrich Research Data

Research Hub lets you store and manage files securely. House hi-res originals and primary documents, drafts, lectures and finished work. Browse your documents using thumbnail images and detailed previews. Add folders, tags, comments and descriptive information to organize and annotate content. Full-text search and advanced filtering help you find what you're looking for, fast!

Connect Your Scholarly Ecosystem

Research Hub brings together your digital world. It connects to your desktop, laptop, tablet and smart phone. It integrates with favorite applications, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, and (in an upcoming release) with popular remote services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Docs—all the while, keeping your materials protected in the UC Berkeley data center.

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Why Research Hub?

What sets Research Hub apart from simple file-sharing services are its sites. Sites can be used to gather content by subject and to bring together colleagues by workgroup or project. Sites can be created quickly and easily, making organization a snap.

Within sites, powerful search and browse tools help users zero in on specific materials. On-screen previews let you look up a fact, play audio and video clips right in the browser or check a file before downloading. Built-in wikis, blogs, discussion forums and other tools support group communication. Roles and permissions allow teams to divvy up organizational tasks and keep private files private.

Research Hub’s versioning feature ensures that everyone is working from the same set of changes. Workflows and rules streamline edit and review processes. Feeds and notifications keep co-authors up-to-date with the latest revisions and put key documents at their fingertips.

Who should use Research Hub?

Research Hub serves the entire campus community. It is free, easy to use and just a click away. Anyone with a CalNet ID can take advantage of its power. But Research Hub is particularly geared to support a number of commonly found cases:

  1. Individual Scholars

    Rely on thumbdrives to carry around documents? Have a file that's too big to be attached to an email? Fear losing your work to hard-drive failure? Use Research Hub to save files from your desktop or laptop to a secure environment, access them from anywhere and share with colleagues.

  2. Project Teams

    Quickly create collaborative project sites with blogs, wikis and social networking. Add new sites–as many as you need.

  3. Departments Pooling Resources

    Migrate from a file server to Research Hub. Set up a departmental account so content stays behind as individuals move on in their careers. Take advantage of thumbnails and previews for many popular file types (now including Photoshop, Keynote and more from Adobe and Apple), audio/video playback, metadata, comments, versions, advanced search and filtering. Build workflows to suit your practices.

  4. Large Research Projects (Data Management)

    Research Hub can help you meet funder (e.g., NSF) requirements for your data management plan, including dissemination channels for publishing and long-term preservation. Research Hub currently supports several common metadata schemas, and allows for new ones to be added to meet the demands of campus research.

The Future

Research Hub is built upon the open source Alfresco platform, which is standards-based and can easily be customized and integrated with other services. Because it is open-source and open-standards, the technology benefits not only from our efforts, but also from a broad community of software developers and academic researchers who are contributing new features and improvements.

Research Hub kicks off the school year by announcing two major initiatives:

  1. New Pilot! Save and Share Your Data with UC3 Merritt
    Research Hub is working with the UC Curation Center at the California Digital Library to implement a new data publication and archiving service. With one click you will be able to send documents and data to the UC3 Merritt repository for long-term access and dissemination. This collaboration between campus and the system-wide library will allow researchers to meet funder requirements for data sharing and preservation and to cite their work with confidence using permanently maintained URLs – persistent identifiers based on the open DOI, ARK, DataCite and ORCID standards. We’re looking for early adopters. This fall, Research Hub will host a pilot of the service. Please contact us at if you would like to participate.
  2. Secure Data Certification
    Since Research Hub launched last November, many campus members have expressed interest in using the Research Hub to store sensitive or protected data. For example, research projects in public health, social welfare and other areas often require a secure environment to manage interview recordings, survey results, biomedical records and other human subjects data. We are currently in the process of working with campus’s data security personnel to gain MSSEI (Minimum Security Standards for Electronic Information) Certification. Just as last year we worked closely with campus’s CalNet team to pioneer Guest Accounts, this year we’re helping to establish the campus’s approval process for secure storage. We will keep you up-to-date as the process unfolds.

Try It Out!

Your account is waiting. Browse to and log-in using your CalNet ID. Once there, visit the Research Hub Information Center site for documentation, tips and more. Contact to request a departmental account.

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