Preservation focuses on making sure that your data will be available for you for a long period of time, and available in the same way that you used it when it was collected. This is important not only for yourself in looking back on your previous research, but also going forward as collaborators or other researchers may want to see your data. Preservation will be of increasing importance as more and more data management and sharing requirements emerge from funders and publishers.
Share "like with like" when sharing your data. Find a repository in your discipline or for similar types of data. This enhances discoverability, reproducibility, and helps you comply with funder requirements for data sharing.
Your funding requirements may specify a particular repository or other place to store your data long-term. Be sure to check this information before placing your data in a long-term repository.
Familiarize yourself with the types of repositories in your discipline and what types of data they store.
Think about what repository you may want to use at the beginning of planning your research while writing your Data Management Plan. Thinking about and organizing your data in this way will make it easier to transfer to a repository later.
Familiarize yourself with the types of repositories in your discipline and what types of data they store
Best practices for preservation is to save your data on preservation formats. These four formats are the gold standard for making sure your data will be available for long term, as they can be opened and viewed on any operating system using any kind of software. They are:
If you put data in a repository, there are generally three types to consider. Many institutions have an institutional repository to store data created by the institution’s researchers. There are a large number of disciplines that have established a repository to hold data within a specific subject domain. And there are also cross-disciplinary repositories which hold data from across many disciplines.
An institutional repository is an archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.
A cross-disciplinary repository contains research from many different disciplines and is a general place to find research data and materials.
A discipline-specific repository contains research data from a specific discipline such as biology, physics, chemistry, etc. There are even more specific sub-disciplinary repositories as well. If you are look
See the resources below for finding an appropriate repository for your research.
If you are looking for a repository about your specific type of research, here are some resources for locating them. Several places have alredu compiled lists of resources, so we are linking to those here rather than recreating them.
Sharing your data with researchers who work in the same area as you do will increase the chances of others finding useful data for their research and promotes a community atmosphere.
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