In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, a policy memorandum directing federal agencies to develop plans to make the publications resulting from federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication, and directing researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research, with the goal of also making these data publicly accessible post-project. Check out SPARC's "Browse Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency" site for quick snapshots of the current/forthcoming data sharing requirements.
Our ScholarWorks@Georgia State University institutional repository supports archiving data as well as scholarly publications. ScholarWorks@Georgia State University offers:
As of 4/8/2015, and according to the Associate Dean for Research here at GSU, there is no official policy regarding the length of time that scholarly data must be retained by the researcher(s) - but a minimum of seven years was recommended to be consistent with other research universities. Data deposited in ScholarWorks@Georgia State University will be retained in perpetuity.
Depositing your data in a research data repository will facilitate its discovery and preservation.
The sites listed below are multidisciplinary lists that are being updated as new repositories are added. Contact any repository you think might be appropriate for your data to ensure they are able to preserve your data long term.
Many repositories accept data from any discipline, including humanities. Some subject-specific repositories for humanities data also exist. For more information about data curation in the humanities disciplines, see the Digital Humanities Curation Guide.
For ensuring long-term usability of digital files, the following nonproprietary file formats are generally recommended:
For more detailed discussion of preferred/acceptable file formats, consult the Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications linked below.