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What is Publication and Preservation
Publication is an important part of sharing your research findings with your colleagues and other interested researchers. Preservation means following procedures to keep data sets for an extended period of time by archiving your data and/or submitting it to a data repository.
Resources for Preservation
What is Digital Preservation?
This page, from the University of Michigan, provides a good introduction to the issues that we face when preserving digital objects. You'll learn a little about what it means to preserve digital objects, as well as a couple of digital preservation strategies.
What Data Should be Preserved?
DataONE has provided some guidelines and best practices to help you decide what data is important to preserve.
IDEALS Digital Preservation Support Policy
For an example of a digital preservation policy, you can review the policy established by the institutional repository at UIUC.
This tool helps you to clean up messy data, transform it into a different format, extend it with web services, and link it to databases.
Publishing and Preserving Data
Publication and preservation are important facets to consider in data management. However, it is important to remember that publication does not equal preservation. Even if the data from your research is published, it could be lost through time without the proper consideration for preservation and documentation. Thinking about preservation as you frame your research will help you understand how to create sustainable data right from the start. When the necessary steps are taken to preserve your data, it will be more widely available to other researchers. Creating long-term access to your research, whether it will be published or not, will help to increase the impact of your research in your field of study.
Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Databrary project serves as a free, open-source repository for sharing and preserving video data and its associated metadata.
An international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences.
A repository in which users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable, and discoverable manner.
Nature Publishing’s Data Repository Recommendations
Nature Publishing requires that datasets be published, and suggests this list of reputable repositories for scientific datasets.
Open Access Directory of Data Repositories
An open access wiki hosted by Simmons College since 2008 to collocate data repositories in all disciplines but especially in the sciences and social sciences.
Registry of Research Data Repositories (R3)
A collaborative, annotated directory of research data repositories.
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