ORDA is the University of Sheffield’s data repository. It is provided by figshare and enables University research data to be preserved, discovered and accessed. 
Researchers are strongly encouraged to deposit their data in ORDA, unless there is a subject-specific repository or data centre which is commonly used in their field. Wherever your data are stored, you should record and make the details available in ORDA. This promotes reuse and collaboration, helps evidence research impact and maintains a record of the University’s research data. Depositors can restrict or embargo data if required and each record is provided with a Datacite DOI.

Data that should be recorded, preserved or shared in ORDA include:

  • Data underpinning publications
  • Data from projects supported by an external funder
  • Data from projects not resulting in publications, or not giving the expected result
  • Data of potential long-term interest to other researchers
  • Non-digital or sensitive data that cannot be shared but should be recorded

Use the following guides - and the tips that appear for each field when creating a record - to help you deposit or record your research data in ORDA:

Please note that records in ORDA can only by submitted or updated by current staff and students at the University of Sheffield. It is therefore important to deposit or record your data in ORDA by the end of your research project. Please also note that if your University email address changes, you should contact us if you wish to update existing records in ORDA.

For further information, please contact rdm@sheffield.ac.uk