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Research Data Management: Finishing a research project

Why should I share my research data?

Funders now require that researchers share the data underpinning their published research findings, and that they retain this for a reasonable period of time to allow further use. The UK Concordat for Open Research Data recommends that data underpinning published research findings are shared by the publication date. In support of this, the University’s Research Data Management Policy now requires that all researchers include a ‘data access statement’ in their publications explaining how relevant datasets can be accessed at the point of publication.

Depositing your data with an online repository ensures that other researchers, and the wider public, can validate your published research findings by making it discoverable for a significant period of time (normally 10 years). Using an established repository also ensures that your datasets are citeable, normally by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and that you receive appropriate credit for your work.

Uploading your dataset to Pure

Preserving your data

It is essential to preserve your data to ensure that it can be accessed, consulted and re-used now and into the future.

It is now easier than ever to preserve your data.

Save your file(s) into good preservation formats and upload into the Institutional Repository.

Upload and publish your data



Research funders now require data to be made open and discoverable. Also, there may be a requirement that data is deposited in repositories and secured with a DOI. Even if this is not the case, it is a good idea that your dataset has a DOI.

You can easily make your data available through Pure. We also provide DOIs for full-text datasets in Pure. Once you create a dataset record in Pure for your research data, we validate the record and assign a DOI.

 All published datasets in the Pure system can be accessed through the University's Research Portal.

Download our 'How-to' Guide on uploading your dataset to Pure:

Archive and preserve your data

  • Most research funders normally require that research data is preserved and remains accessible and usable for future users as long as it remains of value
  • Funders apply a range of different minimum time periods to this requirement (normally a minimum of 10 years)
  • In the absence of any specific legal or funder requirements, relevant research data and records should be retained for as long as they are of value
  • The Digital Curation Centre provide a 'five step guide' on deciding what data to retain or discard
  • Queen's Institutional Repository can archive and preserve your data
  • If you have any questions about how to archive your data please contact the Research Data Management Team
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