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Research Data Service: Data sharing & Long-term Preservation

We are a university wide resource which supports and promotes best practice in data management.

Data sharing & Long-term Preservation

This section deals with how and when data will be shared and questions surrounding any restrictions or embargoes. Here you will also find information about long-term preservation of data and how to pick an appropriate data repository. This part of the data management plan refers to the FAIR principles and how they will be applied.

Supports available at UCC

The Research Data Service can advise you on how to prepare your data for long-term preservation and sharing. Applying the FAIR principles for data sharing is still a new process and we can work with you to create metadata and find the right repository. The FAIR principles recognise that not all data can be shared openly and state that data should be 'as open as possible but as closed as necessary'. We also provide advice on how to share and preserved data that cannot be placed in an open repository, how and when to apply an embargo and how to put in place access conditions. Work is in progress on providing more post-project storage option in UCC.


What is a Persistent Identifier?

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are used to identify digital objects uniquely.  It is an alphanumeric string used to identify content and provide a persistent link to the object.  A persistent identifiers linked to a particular object will never change even if the location of the object does. This means by getting a PID for your data or object you can ensure that it will not get lost or misidentified and it makes it easier to cite and track the impact. One type of  PID is a DOI or a Digital Object Identifier, these are most commonly associated with research data. 

CORA - Cork Open Research Archive

CORA (Cork Open Research Archive) is the open access repository for UCC established in UCC Library to collect, store and disseminate the digital research output of the UCC scholarly community. While CORA is primarily for publications its has a limited capacity to accept data when the data can be made available openly. Contact the CORA Team or Research Data Service for further information.

Useful Links

FAIRsharing is curated, informative and educational resource on data and metadata standards, inter-related to databases and data policies. It can help you find repositories, metadata standards and discipline specific resources for data sharing. 

Copyright and Licensing

An important part of sharing your data is assigning a usage license, this allows legal interoperability. A license in this context signals that the rights holder of the data is permitting a second party to do things that otherwise maybe an infringement of rights such as reproduce the data. By licensing a dataset or object you are making the terms and conditions of use clear. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation which has released several copyright licenses to the public. Creative Commons are designed for generic digital content such as text, images and film. For other types of data other licenses may be more appropriate such as the MIT License for software.