The TCU Library is pleased to work with all faculty, staff, and students to find a place to publish and preserve digital data. As part of this process, the library will work with you to ensure that the data are in formats appropriate for long term use and preservation, and that the data are described appropriately.
If you choose to house your data in our online repository, we will assign a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number that uniquely identifies your data.
Fill out the application form to get started!
A Data Management Plan (DMP) or Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) is a document that outlines all of the data that you will generate, acquire, use, analyze, store, or share as you complete a research project, as well as the mechanisms to accomplish those tasks. Often, grant funders require a data management plan as part of the grant application.
Here are DMP requirements for major funders:
One way that many people build data management plans is with DMPTool, which is administered at the University of California.
If you would like to house data in TCU's online repository, please read the policy below.
Who may deposit data?
All TCU faculty, staff, and students may deposit data in the repository. If the data has multiple contributors, then at least one contributor must be a TCU faculty member, staff or student.
What types of data may be deposited?
The TCU Library accepts data that is in support of research and teaching conducted by faculty, staff and students. Research data includes a variety of formats, including but not limited to numerical data, notebooks, spreadsheets, photo, and video. In all cases, the data must be in a final form, ready for publication in the repository. It must not contain any sensitive, private, legally protected, or confidential information. The library will consider very large data projects on a case-by-case basis.
What file types are acceptable?
The library prefers file types that are not dependent on specific software packages, but may make exceptions when necessary. For example, .csv is preferred over .xlsx format. Please see the Library of Congress Recommended Formats Statement for more information. The use of file types that are not dependent on specific software packages supports the goal of long term preservation and usage.
How must the data be prepared?
All data must be described appropriately. The aim is to make your data easily findable and re-usable by others. Describing your data includes:
The TCU Library anticipates providing this service at no cost to the contributor for all or nearly all data projects. The library will contact you if it anticipates that fees will need to be charged.
As part of the deposit agreement, you will be agreeing to assign a Creative Commons CC0 waiver to your data, which is akin to putting it into the public domain. The library recommends the CC0 in most cases as it avoids many obstacles to reuse of the data, including the problem of attribution stacking. If you prefer a different license than CC0, please contact the TCU Library to consider other options, such as CC-BY.
What you agree to when you deposit data with the TCU Library
When you fill out the form to request housing data with the TCU Library, you will agree:
With permission, some information on this webpage was re-used from the Duke University Libraries website.