Sharing - Liverpool Data Catalogue and others
The best place to share the data you have prepared is either a national data centre or subject specific repository as they have the expertise and resources to deal with particular types of data. Check your funder requirements to see if they have a preferred option. The University of Liverpool also offers its own repository, the Liverpool Data Catalogue.
Liverpool Data Catalogue
The Data Catalogue allows University of Liverpool researchers to create a record of their finalised research data in a secure online environment.
The Catalogue holds three types of record:
- A metadata record – where your research data is held elsewhere, this type of record describes the data and records the DOI for discovery in a different repository. Regardless of where you eventually store your data, a metadata record should be created for the data created by every project carried out at the University.
- A data record – where you create a record to aid discovery and also deposit the data into the catalogue. This process will create a unique DOI, which can be used in citations and data statements. An embargo of up to two years can be set if you need to withhold your data, for instance while working on your publication.
- A controlled access data record – this is the same as a data record above, but you supply the RDM team with criteria to allow controlled access. Contact the RDM team to discuss this option before creating a catalogue entry.
Link your datasets to any outputs based on the data, either in the field provided or in additional information. Make those outputs openly accessible by depositing your author accepted manuscript into the Liverpool Repository via Liverpool Elements.
Datasets uploaded to the Data Catalogue do not go live straight away. The RDM team check each submission first.
The four major publishers all have research data policies. They offer a route to publishing data either as supplementary information or through their data repositories. Always check the conditions under which you give your supplementary information or data to a publisher. Publishers do not publish data or supplementary material openly unless requested to, and under many agreements you are also transferring ownership to the publisher.
Unless a funder specifies a specific data repository then we recommend you use one that allocates a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to your dataset. This makes your dataset far more discoverable and accessible, enabling it to be cited and tracked like a regular publication. The DOI should be included in any data statements.