The following considerations may help you select the best repository for your data.
|Does your journal require a specific data repository?||Choose that repository.|
|Does your funding agency require a certain repository?||Choose that repository.|
|Will you need to add to your data deposit after leaving UNC?||The UNC Dataverse provides this flexibility. The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) requires an ONYEN to login.|
|Do you have media-rich data, e.g., images, video and/or audio content?||The CDR accepts many file types, and has embedded viewing options for audio, video, and images.|
|Do you have quantitative data (STATA, SPSS, R, some Excel) that you would like others to be able to manipulate online?||UNC Dataverse allows for data exploration online.|
|Do you want to have your data with the publication in which you cite them?||The CDR archives publications as well as data. The CDR and UNC Dataverse both provide digital object identifiers (DOIs) which one may cite in a publication to link readers to a related dataset.|
|Do you have sensitive data?||The CDR does not provide data encryption. The Odum Institute provides consultations on secure data solutions. ICPSR is also an option (free to UNC affiliates).|
|What is the (ballpark) size of your data?||The CDR accepts up to 500 MB by self deposit, and up to 2 TB with staff assistance; UNC Dataverse accepts 2 GB per file via self deposit, or larger files by mediated request.|
|Do you need data cleaning or other curation services, or is it ready for deposit?||The CDR offers limited data curation services; the Odum Institute offers a range of curation services, with more extensive curation for a fee.|
|Do you have genetic/genomic data?||Consult the list of NIH Data Sharing Repositories for appropriate repository for genetic/genomic data.|
Have other questions about finding the right repository? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This list includes staff from both the CDR and UNC Dataverse who collaborate to answer data management questions.