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Why license your data?
Retain the ownership rights to your research data while letting others know they may use it responsibly. You can specify which restrictions (if any) you would like to apply to your dataset.
How can you license your data?
Select a standard Creative Commons license and apply it to your research data:
Not sure which license is right for you? This questionnaire will help you choose!
Federal mandates require researchers to share their data and placing it in a repository will ensure that it is publicly accessible. Below is a list of major research data repositories.
Not comprehensive, a selection of major subject-specific data repositories:
Not sure where your data should go? Use these resources to browse by discipline and find a data repository that's right for you:
Storing vs. Archiving:
There is a difference between storing & sharing your data in a repository, and archiving & preserving it for the long term. Archiving means that your data is actively cared for, to ensure it is maintained and usable into the future. Some data repositories also act as archives, so make sure you learn about whether your repository of choice offers these services. An archive will:
What can you do to ensure your data is usable over time?