Making your data openly accessible for others to use is not only important for ensuring scientific integrity and promoting open inquiry, but it is also required and highly encouraged by funding agencies and publishers. By archiving your data in a repository or database, you will ensure that they are preserved into the future, and you will make them more readily available to others.
Rather than leaving your research data on a local server or in cloud storage, archive your data with a trusted digital repository. Many repositories create metadata and documentation to ensure that the data will be discoverable in the future. Repositories also provide regular back up of the data, so you can be assured that your bits and bytes will always be available, and to the best of their abilities, many repositories support the active preservation of the deposited data, often migrating between file formats to avoid digital obsolesce.
For many disciplines, research data are commonly deposited in and shared through a disciplinary repository. Review DataBib or re3data.org, catalogs of disciplinary data repositories, to determine whether an appropriate repository is available to you, or look at the Data Archiving Best Practices guide for information on choosing a repository. If no disciplinary repositories are suitable, or if you have any questions about how to locate and evaluate a repository, please contact us.
The Georgia Tech Library is able to support the long-term preservation and sharing of certain types of research data. Currently, data that are submitted to the Library and are selected for inclusion in the repository are stored in SMARTech, Georgia Tech's Institutional Repository. Please review the Research Data Submissions Guidelines for more information. If you are interested in depositing research data into SMARTech or if you are interested in including SMARTech in your data management plan, please contact us.