For researchers, there are a number of ways for sharing datasets beyond their own research teams.1
Knowledge@UChicago is the University of Chicago's institutional repository, a place that faculty, students, and staff can use for sharing and preserving scholarly works, including datasets. It is a service supported by the Library and IT Services at the University of Chicago.
Making work available in Knowlege@UChicago has multiple benefits, including:
Before depositing data in the institutional repository, review the Knowledge@UChicago policies and contact the Library with any questions. This figure captures the simple deposit process, but the Library is available to assist users as they add content to Knowledge@UChicago.
In 2019, the University of Chicago will be moving to a new repository platform that will make it even more simple for users to deposit datasets. Stay tuned for updates.
Research data repositories can host, provide persistent access to, and preserve datasets. For many disciplines, there are repositories familiar to and well-used by researchers in the field. In addition to considering disciplinary practices around data deposit, researchers should determine whether their funder or publisher requires or recommends a specific data repository for archiving and making data available.
For researchers working to locate a repository for storing, accessing, and sharing data, re3data.org, a searchable registry of data repositories, is a very useful starting point. Researchers can browse re3data.org by discipline, data type, and country to discover an appropriate home for their data or to find shared datasets to use in their research.
The University of Chicago Library has prepared a LibGuide on disciplinary data repositories for locating and sharing datasets.