Data Transfer

Beginning January 2021 all deliverable data will be deleted from our systems 60 days after it is made available to download.

UWBC provides multiple options to download deliverable data.

  • Please use a WIRED connection to transfer large amounts of data.
  • Make sure you have enough hard drive (or ResearchDrive) space to hold the data.


Globus Collection Links: External Users, Internal Users

Globus is the preferred method for transferring data. View our tutorial for a step-by-step guide to transfer your data. Find more information on how Globus is different than our standard download here.

Click here to find & manage your Globus Identities.


UW-Madison PIs can sign up for ResearchDrive, a highly reliable storage system that provides 5 TB of free storage. We can deliver your data to ResearchDrive/RestrictedDrive storage, making it unnecessary for you to download it from our servers. If a PI has BOTH ResearchDrive and RestrictedDrive we will deliver to the “regular” ResearchDrive.

Support for setting up ResearchDrive and connecting it to UWBC is provided by DoIT. Please direct any support questions to them.

Once you have signed up DoIT will provision the storage and we will begin delivering data to your UWBC-dropbox folder. Data is delivered every night. If your data set is very large you may find that it’s delivered in stages over several days.

CAUTION: Do NOT rename or move the UWBC-dropbox folder. This will break the connection to UWBC.


SFTP is available to on-campus users only. You can login to using your NetID. It is recomended that you use an SFTP client like WinSCP or Cyberduck to transfer files.

WEB PORTAL (Deprecated)

This method will be going away in summer 2022.

The web portal is a simple download tool for using HTTPS to download your data to a local computer. Given the size of modern data sets. It is more efficient and reliable to use Globus.