Data curation is critically important for a research institution because it provides two vital services:
(1) data are not merely stored, but are preserved in order to overcome technical obsolescence inherent in any storage system;
(2) data are documented in such a way that they can be referenced in, and linked from, scientific publications and meet the requirements of funding agencies.
Members of SU research community regularly produce large amounts of data that need to be stored, analyzed, and preserved. These data sets and their derivative output (e.g., publications, visualizations, etc.) represent the intellectual capital of the University. They have inherent and enduring value and must be preserved and made accessible for reuse by future researchers.
Today’s interdisciplinary research challenges cannot be addressed without the ability to combine data from disparate disciplines. Researchers need to know what relevant data exist, as well as how to retrieve, combine, mine, and analyze data using the latest tools.
Granting agencies understand this fundamental need and are increasingly making it a condition of funding that researchers have a plan for preserving their data and for making it discoverable and available for reuse.
Research Data Services can help you with the following regarding your research data curation.
Organizing your data
Storing and sharing your data
Preserving your data
Please contact Research Data Services for assistance with any of the above.
Research Data Services can assist you in preparing your data for publishing as well as finding a suitable repository in which to place it. Given that different repositories have different rules regarding what can be stored and how, we strongly recommend that you consult with us as early in the research process as possible. Also, be aware that most repositories have a size limit for individual files as well as total size limit for all files in a project. Below are some links to help you get started: