Research data repositories
Research data repositories provide the best option for storing and publishing research data in the long term. Specific repositories may be recommended by funders or publishers, while some funders operate data centres for the research they fund. Most repositories have embargo arrangements to control data access if required, with similar arrangements for access to sensitive data. A searchable directory of research data repositories can be found at re3Data. Researchers are strongly encouraged to deposit their data in the University of Sheffield repository ORDA, or in a subject-specific repository or data centre. Staff should register details of their data in ORDA even if the data are stored or published elsewhere
Find help to choose a repository in the links below and in the Digital Curation Centre guide 'Where to keep research data'.
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ORDA is a good option for most University of Sheffield research data, unless there is a subject-specific repository or data centre commonly used in your field. The table below provides guidance for choosing a suitable repository for your data.
While most funders require data to be preserved in an established data repository, some give specific recommendations:
Some publishers offer guidance to authors on data sharing, with some recommending specific repositories:
The University Library has a contract with the DataCite consortium, through the British Library, to enable us to allocate DOIs. If you are building or running a data archive (within a department or institute, for example) and would like to add a DOI-allocating capability to your system, please contact us at email@example.com.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org