Most funders will request that data is shared through a recognised data repository. This is because storing research in a specialist data repository ensures a) that data is kept in safe and sustainable storage and b) that data receives a DOI and a citation.
LSE does not have its own data repository and LSE Research Online is only for publications and is not suitable for depositing data. If you are looking for a repository there is a register of data repositories at re3data.org.
Some frequently used repositories at LSE include:
- ReShare – This is the UK Data Service’s online data repository. ReShare is where ESRC grant holders submit the data from their research grants.
- Zenodo – Primarily commissioned by the EC to house data from European Research projects, but anyone can deposit in Zenodo. The LSE has a pre-existing community where you can link your deposits.
- Harvard Dataverse – sponsored by Harvard University but free for use for non-Harvard scholars from all disciplines.
There are a number of control mechanisms you can use to restrict who can access your data. Different repositories offer different levels of controlled access but broadly will cover:
Open: Open to all researchers to access, usually without having to register an account with the data repository.
Safeguarded: users are asked to sign a generic, end user license agreement in order to access data.
Controlled/ Closed: data are too sensitive or confidential to be allowed on open or safeguarded access and can only be accessed via special permission from data owner. Usually, data can only be accessed via a secure lab, room or SafePod. For secure access to data at LSE, please see the secure data webpages.
Embargoed: data is locked down for a pre-set amount of time. With many repositories it will be a maximum of 12 months with extensions requiring separate applications to the repository owner.