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Data Management Planning

A guide to best practices for managing research data, including links to data services available to CSU Fullerton.

Benefits of Sharing and Depositing Data

Why Share Your Data?

  • To fulfill funding agency and journal requirements.

  • To broaden the impact and visibility of your research.

  • To encourage collaboration between data users and data creators. 

  • To provides credit to you as a research output in its own right. 

  • To allow others to replicate, or validate your results thereby improving scientific integrity. 

Why Deposit Your Data in a Repository?

Many researchers share data through email or on a personal website. However, this can often make it difficult for other researchers to find your data. Data repositories, on the other hand, increase the visibility and accessibility of your research to a broader audience. Additionally, repositories manage and maintain your data thus ensuring long term access without additional demands put on your research team. 

How to Choose a Repository

When selecting a repository, researchers should consider the following: 

  • Where are similar datasets preserved?
  • What are the access and use policies for the repository?
  • How long will the data be kept? How long should it be kept?
  • Who manages the repository? An institution? A commercial provider?
  • What are the costs associated with using the repository? How will these costs be paid?
  • Are there policies in place for replication, monitoring, disaster recovery, and business continuity?

Data should be submitted to discipline-specific, community-recognized repositories where possible, or to generalist repositories if no suitable community resource is available. 

Source: NISO Primer: Research Data Management.

Repository Directories and Recommendations

Repositories for the Sciences

Repositories for the Social Sciences

Repositories for the Humanities

General Repositories