How to share via open repositories
La Trobe University researchers are encouraged to deposit their research outputs in OPAL, La Trobe University's collaborative digital repository, powered by Figshare.
This includes publications, data, teaching materials, code and many any other research and teaching outputs you can think of! See this showcase for some examples of the varied items that can be stored there.
- Get a stable link to the item: OPAL assigns a DOI to each public item
- Make your work easily found: Tag and describe the item (metadata)
- Increase your work's reach and impact: Assign it an open CC BY license
- Track engagement: OPAL tracks 'altmetrics' for each public item
You also have to option to store private or draft items in OPAL, or apply embargo periods where the item will be hidden. These items will not be visible to others but you can still share a private link. For further information, please see the guide.
Other open repositories
Other than OPAL, 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 in your field. Different repositories may specify different requirements that you may need to consider. In general, remember to:
- use standard data formats to facilitate long-term access and preservation
- include documentation and descriptive metadata to ensure your data can be discovered and understood by others
- choose a license that clearly indicates access and sharing rights for your data
The links below provide information about repository options: