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
- 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
- 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.