Data repositories are great for storing and promoting data. There are hundreds of repositories with options available for all datasets.
Long-term preservation is the final stage in the data life cycle but requires some planning and maintenance from the project onset. Different from storage, preservation may require data to be migrated from format to format as newer storage models emerge while retaining its integrity. Some things to consider when developing a preservation plan include:
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It is increasingly common for major funding agencies and many journals to require data sharing as part of their requirements for funding or publication.
In addition to meeting publisher and funder requirements, sharing data also:
Repositories exist to collect and preserve scholarly data. Depositing your data in a repository helps facilitate not only preservation, but also discovery and citation. Just keep in mind that not every subject repository will accept your data nor are all repositories suited for long-term preservation.
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