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Depositing Data to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Data Repository: Deposit Criteria

This guide provides helpful tips for preparing datasets for deposit in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Data Repository.

Who can deposit?

Any researcher affiliated with University of Nebraska-Lincoln can deposit data in University of Nebraska-LincolnDR. This includes faculty, staff, post doc, and students (undergraduate and graduate). Students participating in short-term projects are also eligible to deposit datasets in University of Nebraska-LincolnDR.

What can be deposited?

University of Nebraska-LincolnDR is intended for inactive datasets--that is, datasets that are unlikely to change. The repository is not meant for storage, but as a system for long-term preservation and sharing. Here are some general criteria for deposits:

  • University of Nebraska-LincolnDR is meant for data. Data can be defined as "the information or observations that are associated with a particular project, including experimental specimens, technologies and products" (Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services, Guidelines for Responsible Data Management in Scientific Research). Data can be a lot of things--documents, spreadsheets, transcripts, audio, images, scripts, survey responses, etc. However, data should be distinguished from published results, like papers, posters, and presentations. Published results can be deposited in the Digital Commons (more information about the Digital Commons can be found in the Open Science Guide).
  • Data should contain no personally identifiable information. This includes obvious identifiers (SSN, names, addresses), as well as any information that could be used to re-identify individuals, either with other data within the dataset or by combining the dataset with other publicly available information. 
  • If depositing data publicly, you must have the right to make these data available to the public via the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Data Repository. This means you are the sole rights holder or have permission from all rights-holders to deposit the data in and make it available through University of Nebraska-LincolnDR.

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