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ACU Research Data Management Toolkit

This toolkit will help you to determine your research data management needs and create a data management plan that documents how data will be managed during the research process and after the project is completed.

Data repositories

Data repositories can be used to archive your own data for long-term storage and to locate data to re-use for your research. 

When choosing an appropriate repository for research data, consider the following:

  • Is the repository suitable for the type of data? Is it generalist of subject specific?
  • Is the repository recognised within the research discipline?
  • Is the repository recommended by a funder or publisher?
  • Who is the repository's audience?
  • How established is the repository and how many datasets does it already include?
  • How is the repository sustained? Is there ongoing funding and support?
  • What is the repository's preservation policy or plan?
  • Does the repository apply a license to the data?
  • Are the terms and conditions of deposit acceptable and consistent with the data management approach?
  • Is there an embargo option?
  • Does the repository use appropriate metadata elements to ensure discoverability of the data?
  • Does the repository provide a persistent identifier for the dataset, such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)?
  • Does the repository claim any rights or ownership of the data?
  • Does the repository allow download and re-use of the data?
  • Can the data be cited?
  • Is there an associated cost?
  • Will the data repository accept your data?\

Tools is a multi-disciplinary registry of research data repositories. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions.

Research Data Australia (RDA) is a discovery service for the Australian Research Data Commons. View ACU's contributions.

ACU Research Bank

ACU Research Bank is the institutional research repository of Australian Catholic University. ACU Researchers may select to deposit a copy of their data set in Research Bank or alternatively deposit the metadata about their dataset. Datasets in Research Bank may be available open access or via mediated access.The description of your data is fed to Research Data Australia, a national collection of metadata describing datasets.

Contact your Librarian if you would like to deposit your data in ACU Research Bank.

Repository examples

There are numerous online data repositories, some of which will allow you to deposit your data (in addition to the metadata).

Government repositories