Finalizing a project

In the last stage of a research process you will have to make decisions about data preservation and data sharing. 

Data storage (long-term preservation)

When you're finalizing a project you will have to find a long-term storage solution (the storage spaces of the It department are not meant to be used for this) and how to do so.

  1. What do we need to store - UGent
  2. Data storage (long term)
  3. Metadata
  4. Data archiving policy - publishers

Data sharing and reuse

Data sharing and reuse is encouraged by several institutions the universities, funders (FWO) and publishers.  Ghent University has provided some tips for sharing research data.

Data sharing

Sharing your data, completely or with restrictions has some interesting advantages:

  • It can accelerate verification and enhances the dissemination of valuable research results;
  • 'Open' datasets will be found by researchers worldwide and initiates new, innovating, interdisciplinary research, nationally as well as internationally;
  • It will increase the efficiency, quality, integrity and transparency of scientific research and add more citations for publications and datasets;
  • Making research results publically available will enhance the publics trust in science and their participation in scientific research (citizen science).

Most of the time when you deposit your data in a repository you can choose if you want the access to your data to be open, partially open or closed. Sometimes there are restrictions on data sharing because of embargo's, privacy laws, etc.

Data reuse

A number of tools have been developed that will encourage you to make your data available for reuse and that will encourage other researchers to use your data correctly:

  • You can add a coprytight license to your dataset with Creative Commons. On of the main advantages of Creative Commons that these licenses are legally grounded in most countries worldwide;
  • By adding a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI)to your dataset you will make them findable and citable. Some repositories like Zenodo and the Gesis Datorium are allowed to add a DOI when you deposit your data with them;
  • An ORCID-id a persistent identifier that will distinguish you from other researchers throughout your scholarly career.