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Depositing Data to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Data Repository: Access & Retention

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

Univeristy of Nebraska-LincolnDR Access Options

Researchers have three options for access to datasets deposited in University of Nebraska-LincolnDR:

  • Public: Dataset is discoverable through University of Nebraska-LincolnDR and the Libraries' catalog and is accessible to everyone. Dataset will be provided with a unique DOI, a permanent identifier that can be used for access and citation purposes.
  • Private: Dataset will be preserved, but will only be accessible to Libraries staff. The researcher depositing the data can request access if needed.
  • Public with embargo: Dataset is inaccessible for a given amount of time (generally two years), after which data will be publicly available, as well as discoverable through University of Nebraska-LincolnDR and the Libraries' catalog. Dataset will be provided with a unique DOI, a permanent identifier that can be used for access and citation purposes.

Currently, there is no option for restricted access, i.e. allowing only certain individuals to view a dataset.

Retention Length

The retention length dictates the amount of time the Libraries will commit to preserving and maintaining your data. Researchers have two options:

  • 5 year retention: The data will be managed for a five-year period and then deleted. This may be a good option for timely research, or for researchers who need to preserve data for a short time in case it is required to validate a published result.
  • Longterm retention: Dataset will be preserved for a minimum of 20 years, with the intent to maintain it indefinitely.

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