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Data Management

This guide aims to help Tulane faculty, staff, and students manage, store, and share their research data.

Data DOIs

A data set DOI allows access to a data set through a unique URL over the lifetime of the data.  These identifiers can then be used to cite a data set in reports and peer-reviewed papers.  

How to assign a DOI to a data set?

DataCite is a global consortium that aims to improve data citation. In order to create and assign a DOI to your content and improve discoverability, place your data in a data repository. 

Example Data Sets with DOIs:

Siegel, David (1996). Plumes_and_Blooms [Data set]. SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS), NASA.

Lopez, T. M., Tassi, F., Capecchiacci, F., Fiebig, J., Rizzo, A., & Caliro, S. (2016). Mount Mageik and Trident volcanic gas chemistry 2013 [Data set]. Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA).

Data Repositories

Every research project builds on previous research and knowledge.  By sharing your data and publications effectively you are proactively contributing to this process.  Below is information that will help you share your data and publications to improve discovery and access for you and your colleagues. 

Why place data in a repository?

  • improves discovery of data 
  • preserves data for future use
  • assigns a unique identifier (DOI) 
  • required by many funders and journals

What repository should I use?

There are numerous repositories available.  Which one you choose is dependent on your discipline, funder and/or the publication journal.  It is recommended that you choose a repository while writing your data management plan in order to collect and document data in accordance to the repository requirements (e.g. file and metadata formats). 

Re3data is a repository search tool that helps users determine the best repositories for their data. 

I've decided to use data from a repository:

Data citation provides appropriate credit to the original researcher(s), helps other researchers access data sets used in your publications, and promotes open access and data sharing.  Employ a DOI if available and cite accordingly. 

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