Data Management

Sharing & Archiving Your Data

Why archive and share your data?

Data management is not just about a plan; it is also about executing a strategy that benefits your research objectives and the community. Some reasons to archive and share your data include:

  • It may be required by a publisher to share and preserve access to related data
  • Your sponsor ,may require you to share it. Many funding agencies, including NIH and NSF, have guidelines requiring you to share your data.
  • Your data can advance research in other areas.
  • Your work is more likely to be cited by others and increase your reputation within your discipline.
  • The University may require you to preserve your data.

How can you archive your data?

Depending on your needs, there are many options available for archiving your data both locally and outside Notre Dame. You may also deposit your content locally and link to it from a community repository, or vice versa.

Why archive your data locally with the Hesburgh Libraries?

  • Your data lives on: Your data is always safe whether you leave the University or not. The Hesburgh Libraries repository will preserve your content as long as needed.
  • Your data won't get lost or corrupted: You have the peace of mind that your data will have multiple copies with regular integrity checking to ensure no files get corrupted.
  • Your data won't become obsolete: Your data can become unusable if the format becomes obsolete or the software used to open it is no longer available. We will ensure data is migrated and preserved in formats that ensure usability for the long term.
  • Your data is more secure: If you need higher levels of security, please contact our team (link here).
  • Your data can be cited: See the Citing Your Data page.
  • Your data can be more easily shared and published: Opt to share your data with Google Scholar or other search engines
  • Your data has no discipline-specific repository: There may not be a community based repository suited for your discipline or the concerns of your research project
  • Your data may be owned by the University: If the University owns some or all of the data, you may be required you to preserve it locally

To find out more, please contact our team.

Why archive your data in a discipline-specific repository?

  • Your community maintains a trusted repository that better meets your needs.
  • Your data will be archived with that of your peers.
  • Your data's access needs are different from those that can be provided locally.

Note: You may also want to link to your data in the Hesburgh Libraries' repository to further enhance sharing and preservation. Our team can help you determine which archival solution is best.

Community Repository Options

Don't know if you there's a repository for your research community? Databib is a good place to start. It's a searchable catalog / registry / directory / bibliography of research data repositories. Our team can also help you find discipline-specific repositories.