Preserving and Sharing

Data Preservation and Archiving

There are three primary stakeholders in the data archiving process - content creators (researchers producing data), information-seekers (users trying to access data), and data curators (the people stewarding data and brokering data exchange). These stakeholders often have competing interests. Content creators typically want to deposit data quickly, without migrating datasets, writing new documentation, or providing additional information. Information-seekers typically want to access data immediately, in a widely-used format, with ample documentation.

Data Sharing

Why share?

Sharing well-documented data in an accessible way is important across the UC Berkeley research landscape. It promotes collaboration, facilitates reproducibility, and makes you a more competitive researcher by sustaining your data’s impact. Communicating with stakeholders about data sharing early on in the project lifecycle is a critical step in research data management planning. Other decisions, like selecting appropriate metadata standards, file formats, and repositories may all hinge on the choices you make regarding when, how and with whom you share your data. If your research is supported by a federal agency funding source, you may be required to share your data. The National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Institute of Health all require that data be shared. If your research is not funded by a federal agency with an established sharing policy, consider contacting an RDM consultant for assistance creating a data sharing plan that meets your needs.

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