Choosing a repository for your data
You may wish to deposit your data in a discipline-specific repository to maximise the likelihood of it being both discovered and useful to others. Different repositories may specify different requirements for data deposited that you may need to consider such as:
- preferred data formats to facilitate long-term access and preservation
- minimum documentation and metadata standards to ensure your data can be discovered by others
- clear acknowledgement of licensing, access and sharing rights for your data.
The links below provide information about repository options:
La Trobe University digital repository (Research Online)
La Trobe University researchers are encouraged to deposit their accompanying research data in Research Online, La Trobe University’s digital repository. Depending on the nature of the data in Research Online, it can be kept private, made available in a mediated manner, or made openly available.
To deposit your data in Research Online, follow these steps:
- Contact the Library indicating your desire to deposit data.
- Library staff will advise you on the best way to deposit your data, which will depend on a number of considerations including privacy restrictions and the size and format of your data file(s).
- Library staff will also check copyright and licensing policies for your data and if no restrictions apply.
- If appropriate, your dataset will be linked to your research paper in Research Online and you will be notified via email when this process is complete.
Modes of Access
The research data associated with the publication of your research data collection record may be configured to be private, mediated or publically accessible:
- Private Data: Your research data is stored on the Repository Store in a designated location but is innacessible via the repository interface.
- Mediated Access: Your research data is available via the repository interface but is password-protected. People wanting to gain access to the data must contact you (or another designated contact) to receive the password required to a ccess the data.
- Public Access: Your research data is publically accessible via the repository interface