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Sharing and Storing Data

Data Repositories and Archives

 

In response to the overwhelming amount of digital research data now produced as well as the growing awareness that data should be preserved and reused, a large number of data repositories and archives have been created to facilitate the archiving and sharing of data. Many of these repositories are discipline- or datatype-specific. Databib is an excellent resource for identifying appropriate repositories for archiving and sharing data.

 

If an appropriate repository/archive does not exist, some small, static data sets may be able to be archived in the Digital Collections of Colorado (DCC) @ CU-Boulder institutional repository.

 

Campus Resources for Sharing Data Among Collaborators

 

There are also resources available on this campus for sharing data among collaborators. The Office of Information Technology provides a safe file transfer service, and Research Computing offers the Globus Connect and GridFTP services.

 

Storage and Backup Options

 

Secure storage and reliable backup are fundamental aspects of data management. There are a variety of storage options available commercially or from campus units like Research Computing. Both short-term and long-term needs should be carefully considered before selecting any backup or storage solution. The California Digital Library provides an overview of many of the key issues to consider with regard to secure and safely backed-up data storage.

 

File Formats

 

In addition to selecting appropriate storage and backup solutions, it is important to consider the file format(s) in which data will be stored. Some file formats are more likely to remain accessible and usable over time than others. For long-term preservation purposes, it is best practice to store data in formats that are open, documented standards. The MIT Libraries have created guidelines for evaluating file formats for long-term access.