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Preserving and Sharing Data with ScholarsArchive@OSU: Home

Oregon State University provides digital preservation and sharing for OSU-affiliated researchers via our institutional repository, ScholarsArchive@OSU. This guide tells you everything you need to know about using SA@OSU for datasets.

Introduction to our data repository services

What is ScholarsArchive@OSU, and how is it related to OSU Libraries Research Data Services?
Oregon State University provides digital storage for OSU-affiliated researchers in two ways: private (“dark”) storage through centralized cyberinfrastructure (Information Services / Central Networking), and Open Access storage and preservation through the ScholarsArchive@OSU institutional repository (SA@OSU). Alternatively, consultations with our team can help researchers find the right third-party data storage, preservation, and access solutions to meet their needs. We also offer workshops and one-on-one consultations on how to meet data management plan requirements set forth by grant funding agencies such as the NSF, NIH and NEH.

Who manages this service?
Oregon State University’s Research Data Services (RDS) unit is a component of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services in OSU Libraries.  RDS manages data-related aspects of the institutional repository on a day-to-day basis.

What are your options for storing and preserving digital data at OSU?

  • For in-progress research, researchers may use IS/CN centralized storage services, Google Drive for OSU cloud storage, or department- or college-level infrastructure for short-term storage of data. These storage options are all backed up and replicated, and are highly recommended over the use of external storage devices (e.g. USB drives).

  • For completed, "fixed" research, researchers may store their data privately in the same way as in-progress research, and manage access in the traditional way: transferring files to those who request them, on a case-by-case basis.

  • For those who wish to make their fixed data searchable and openly accessible, researchers can upload it to the ScholarsArchive@OSU repository, where the data can be described, stored, and made discoverable by others. Researchers may assign an embargo to data in SA@OSU, keeping the data discoverable via internet search engines—but not immediately accessible for download.

What data formats can I deposit?
You can submit any format, including custom formats designed especially for your project. We provide migration services, as community standards change with time, for the most commonly used formats. We encourage the use of non-proprietary formats where possible.

How much does it cost to deposit data in SA@OSU?
This service is free of charge.

H/T to Indiana University's IUScholarWorks for providing a model for this site.

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