The whole notion of developing a data management plan and depositing data may seem daunting to some. Queen's University Library is here to support and partner with you to make sure this process is as painless as possible. See the Writing a Data Management Plan tab for more information. For assistance please contact your Subject Liaison Librarian. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincere thanks to the team at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA for allowing us to use their Research Data Management template.
Why Deposit Your Data?
Depositing Data -- Advantages...
Queen’s University Library provides services for archiving, preserving and disseminating data. Archiving research data benefits both researchers and the scientific community by:
- supporting verification of research results,
- encouraging the discovery and use of existing data to explore new research questions,
- meeting funding-agency requirements for data deposit,
- ensuring long-term preservation of data for future researchers,
- helping researchers fully document their data,
- implementing policies and procedures that ensure data privacy
For more information, see our brief PowerPoint presentation on Research Data Management.
Archiving does not generally affect copyright ownership. Depositors can specify conditions on data use, and re-users must submit to the conditions set by the depositor and the archive. Data are disseminated for research and teaching only, not for commercial purposes.
What kind of data are archived?
Queen’s University Library’s Research Data Management Service acquires data which are of interest for research and teaching. Acquired data are in electronic format, and are most often quantitative. Qualitative data (i.e. speech, visual images or text) may be considered for deposit as well, depending on the nature of the data. Researchers are encouraged to deposit their data if any of the following apply:
- the data have potential for comparative study
- the data can be used to complement other data
- only part of the data have been analysed in original research
- the data have potential for further analysis (e.g. allow new hypotheses or methodological focusses)
- scientific publication requires that the data be available for the scientific community before the article is published
- funding agencies require that data be deposited in a public archive
Requirements for archiving
Generally, data can be archived if the following requirements are met:
- copyright has been cleared,
- there are no legal impediments to archiving,
- the original purpose of data collection does not prevent archiving,
- the dataset is technically suitable and well-documented
Suggest material to be archived
Have you collected research data? Are you aware of quantitative or qualitative data which should be archived at Queen’s? Make a suggestion by e-mail to email@example.com.
With thanks to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive -- http://www.fsd.uta.fi/en/data/depositing/index.html
Lifecycle of Digital Research Data
While there are many ways of looking at the data life cycle, this particular image emphasizes the repurposing and re-use of data, which is a driving force behind the success of data intensive science and the reason why data management has been deemed so important.
Source: Humphrey, Charles. (2006). “e-Science and the life cycle of research.” Retrieved 23 January 2011 from http://datalib.library.ualberta.ca/~humphrey/lifecycle-science060308.doc
Support for Data Management
Data & Government Information Librarian
(613) 533-6000 x77992
Data & Web Support Technician
(613) 533-6000 x77481
MADGIC - Maps, Data, & Government Information Centre, Lower Level, Stauffer Library,
101 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C4