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Preserving Your Data

We provide individual consultations, group training, and general assistance to researchers in determining the appropriate method and location for preservation of data as well as facilitating its deposit.

Preserving research data assists with compliance with current and future funding agency policies, as well as other legal, ethical, and legislative requirements. Benefits of data preservation include:

  • Increasing transparency
  • Encouraging replication and re-use
  • Improving the visibility of research
  • Preventing loss of data

University of Guelph Data Preservation

The Library maintains two research data repositories to preserve and provide access to datasets and other research materials resulting from University of Guelph research projects. Access to these datasets range from full open access for download and reuse, to restricted files available only to specific researchers or research groups.

Agri-environmental Research Data Repository

The Agri-environmental Research Data Repository, created though OMAFRA KTT-funding, preserves and provides access to agricultural and environmental data produced during University of Guelph research projects. Special emphasis will be placed on research funded by OMAFRA.

University of Guelph Research Data Repository

The University of Guelph Research Data Repository houses research data from all disciplines created by researchers at the University of Guelph.


These repositories are administered at the University of Guelph, housed at Scholars Portal at the University of Toronto, and mounted using Dataverse platform technology designed at Harvard University.

If you have questions about preserving your data, contact us.

Have data? Submit a request to deposit your data with us.


Domain-Specific Repositories

There are many domain-specific repositories which collect and preserve research data. Some funding agencies such as CIHR have specific requirements for researchers to submit their data associated with publications to named repositories.

Eg. Gene sequencing data must be deposited to Genbank immediately upon publication of journal article (Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications section 3.2).


There are several international directories of repositories to aid researchers in finding appropriate repositories for depositing their data:

Stanford University - list of domain specific data repositories – searchable database of data repositories