All new research builds on the discoveries of the researchers that came before. Not having to rediscover every facet of your field is what makes further innovation possible. This is especially true as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt normal research processes. It’s vital that research of all kinds can rely on a spirit of collaboration, open access, and interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. This is true for researchers working together to overcome the challenges humanity faces, but it’s also true for identifying and reusing data that is directly relevant to your research. The practice of reusing data has a myriad of benefits for you and the researchers whose work you’re building on.
When reusing research data, it’s important to follow best practices of citing data and acknowledging sources to give credit where it’s due. Be sure to follow citation standards in your discipline or the preferred citation guidance of the data source.
A newly designed banner with a graphic of mascot Bucky Badger’s face hangs between the columns of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during autumn on Oct. 27, 2014. In the foreground is the Abraham Lincoln statue and pedestrians walking across Bascom Hill. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
If your time as a researcher or student at UW-Madison is coming to an end, good luck with your new opportunities! As you make the shift, it’s important to begin the process of off-boarding – taking all the necessary steps to ensure a seamless transition when formally separating from the university.
This is especially important when it comes to your research data. Off-boarding requires a careful assessment of all the data, accounts, and tools you have used while at UW-Madison and an understanding of policies on transitioning your research data to your collaborators, departments, or new institutions.
To help, we have put together this brief guide. But remember, many labs, departments, and colleges have their own off-boarding procedures, so it’s best to inquire there for more specific guidance. UW-Madison has also gathered some role-specific resources to get started.
Written by Chiu-chuang Lu Chou; Information adapted from OpenICPSR
OpenICPSR is a self-serving data repository for researchers who need to deposit their social and behavioral science research data for public access compliance. Researchers can share up to 2 GB data in OpenICPSR for free. Researchers prepare all data and documentation files necessary to allow their data collection be read and interpreted independently. They also prepare metadata to allow their data be searched and discovered in ICPSR catalog and major search engines. A DOI and a data citation will be provided to the depositor after data are published.
Depositors will receive data download reports from OpenICPSR. All OpenICPSR data is governed by the Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons License. Server-side encryption is used to encrypt all files uploaded to OpenICPSR. Data deposited in self-deposit package are distributed and preserved as-is, exactly as they arrive without the standard curation and preservation features available to professional curation package.
OpenICPSR offers Professional Curation Package to researchers, who like to utilize ICPSR’s curation services including full metadata generation and a bibliography search, statistical package conversion, and user support. The cost of professional curation is based on the number of variables and complexity of the data. To learn more about OpenICPSR, please visit their website