DataSafe Android app

The DataSafe app is now available for download and installation on Android phones.

The app is aimed at university support staff, providing advice and guidance on the best ways to manage their data, including information about:

  • The best file formats for saving your data
  • Data retention periods
  • Data security classification
  • University of Bristol Data Protection Officers

The first two items provide standardised information which could be applied to any higher education institution. The section on file formats is based on work by Malcolm Raggett in File Formats for Long-term Storage (PDF). The information on data and records retention is based on JISC Infonet’s HE Records Retention Schedule.

The information on data security classification, and data protection officers is specific to the University of Bristol, but the model used could easily be adopted and updated by other institutions.

The app itself is built using PhoneGap (Apache Cordova), an open source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, Javascript and CSS. It also makes extensive use of JQuery Mobile to handle the page transitions, and display, as well as using Web SQL for the backend database.

The code written for the DataSafe app is released under the under the terms of the GNU General Public License. All other software included in the distribution is subject to seperate license agreements.

The DataSafe app source files can be downloaded for reuse, but are not supported in any way.


  • Installable application – .apk format. Requires permission to install from unknown sources; app currently not available through the Play Store.
  • Source files – .zip format

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