Project Spaces

Project spaces (folders) are the primary, recommended location for storing and doing collaborative work on research storage, including HBS and guest user accounts. This is in contrast to home folders, which are accessible only by the account holder.

The project spaces are located at /export/projects/<projectname> and are grouped by faculty member. Whether you are using a GUI or terminal program to access the project spaces, you will need to navigate there explicitly. If you are a part of more than one project space, navigating to /export/projects will show you which ones are accessible.

The default size is 50GB, with increases granted upon request and with space available. Keep an eye on the space usage, as project spaces that reach capacity will throw errors in programs and when transferring files, and data loss may result. As with home folders, project spaces that reach capacity are not a good thing. Please see our working with spaces, folder, & files section for useful tips.

Like home folders, your project spaces are backed up every evening. If you should need to recover any files due to accidental deletion or corruption, please contact Research Computing Services (RCS).

Project spaces can be set up with faculty sponsorship and/or approval. Contact RCS, including the faculty member on the message, with the following info:

  • Short name or description (up to 10-15 letters). For example, 'jharvard_fintech_project'

  • Approximate amount of space needed. Please include in your calculation additional room for growth over 6 to 12 months

  • If you are working with level 3 data or higher, you will have to provide a data usage agreement with the data provider. Please see our sample Level 3 Data Usage Agreement as a reference. This is boilerplate text that can be used if the provider requires detailed information about how the data will be handled. Please note that this is provisional and you should always confirm the details before you sign any agreement. If you are unsure what level your data falls under, please review this page on data security:

If a project space already exists and you need access, contact RCS, including the faculty member on the message, with the following info:

  • The name of the project space you wish to access.

  • Your grid account name.

Once approved by the appropriate faculty member, the request will be put in to the ESS group at HBS IT.