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Managing Your Data

Take care of the products of your research -- the tips here will help your work be available long into the future!

Find a data repository

Find a data repository that best showcases your work. 

There are many options for sharing your data. Sharing data in a data repository has many benefits - most of all, it turns over the burden of managing the integrity of your data over to professionals!

Data repositories exist in a variety of states - from openly accepting data from any project (including null results), to only accepting data from affiliated projects, to being totally closed and no longer accepting data. 

Resources and tools

Questions to think about

Questions to think about:

  • What data repository is standard in your lab, your field, or your discipline?
  • Do you work with datasets in which you need to restrict access? This includes datasets with personally identifiable information (PII), confidential information, sensitive information, or protected information. 
  • If you worked with human subjects, did you receive participants’ consent to share the data? 
  • What requirements does your selected repository have?
    • File formats, size limits, or scope of your data may all affect what you can upload.
  • What resources are necessary to share your data with your selected repository?
    • Do you need to secure additional funding to pay for any deposit charges?
    • Do you need to secure a staff member to prepare your data for deposit?

Activity - Find your data repository

Find your data repository. 

Use our form, below, or develop your own! 

Further reading