Guidance on using ORDA, the online hub for managing and sharing research data at the University.
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
Here are a few helpful things to remember if you are planning to upload data to ORDA:
You can upload many kinds of research data to ORDA, including software, reports and presentation slides.
Include your ORCID in your ORDA profile – it will help people to find and identify your data.
If your data consists of a number of related files, it’s usually best to upload them to a single record rather than separate ones.
To link to your data on a departmental or other website, make it available in ORDA first and link to the assigned DOI.
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:
Uploading an item to ORDA (PDF, 594KB)
Uploading an item to ORDA: useful tips (PDF, 389KB)
Managing an item in ORDA (PDF, 397KB)
Note that records in ORDA can only be 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, contact email@example.com.
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