The third requirement of the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy is data deposit. When fully implemented grant recipients will be required to deposit into a digital repository all digital research data, metadata and code that directly support the research conclusions that arise from agency-supported research.
A series of modules developed by the Portage Network's Dataverse North Working Group to help users learn about the role that research data repositories play in good research data management (RDM), and in meeting the requirements of the Tri-Agency RDM Policy. These modules will help researchers learn about different types of research data repositories, policies and practices that affect these repositories, and what they should consider when choosing a repository in which to deposit their data. There are seven modules in this series:
Research Data Repositories 101
The data repository landscape is complex and many factors influence the repository chosen.
In general, data repositories fall into the following categories:
Within Canada there are two repositories that are national in scope, both multi-disciplinary.
For more information on the Canadian data repository landscape, the Portage Network has created a guide to Repository Options in Canada.
Some domain or disciplinary repositories are transnational in scope because they've always operated that way (think astronomy) or they are highly specialized.
Data are deposited in a repository towards the end of the research lifecycle, when they are ready for sharing and publication.
All repositories have different capabilities and characteristics and it can be confusing to know which to choose.
Decision tree designed by Melissa Cuthill and Eugene Barsky, UBC, CC-BY
NSCC has not chosen a data repository yet or established the criteria to consider except that it must be hosted in Canada.
What other criteria should NSCC consider? Give us your thoughts.