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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 

We are always happy to answer your questions and assist you further. Contact us.

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.  

Advantages to local deposits include: 

  • Assignment of a persistent URL (link) to your data 
  • Control over who can access your data 
  • Apply licensing conditions  
  • Ensures others will be able to find your data 
  • Knowing your data is secure in the long term 

In addition to University of Guelph Institutional Repository, the Atrium, there are the following repositories. They 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:

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. 

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

International repository options include: 

  • Deposit in discipline specific repository 
  • Post online via an institutional website 
  • Submit your data with your results to an online journal 
  • Deposit in a journal-specified repository 

The following resources provide guidance and tools to support finding and selecting an appropriate repository for depositing research data:


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