ORA-Data: managing research data

oraWe’re pleased to announce that depositing in ORA-Data will now allow researchers and the University to comply with the EPSRC’s (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) policy about research data management, which comes into effect from 1 May 2015.

The Bodleian Libraries recently launched a new service for the University, the Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data). A digital repository and catalogue for research data, ORA-Data offers a service to archive and enable the discovery, citation and sharing of data produced by researchers at Oxford.

ORA-Data is aimed especially at researchers who wish:

  • to deposit data that underpins publications
  • to deposit data that their funding body requires be preserved and made accessible
  • to add a record to the University’s catalogue of data

Any type of digital research data, from across all academic disciplines, may be deposited in ORA-Data, and we accept any file format. A permanent catalogue record is created for all data deposited in ORA-Data and a persistent unique identifier generated (a DOI, or Digital Object Identifier), which allows the dataset to be cited. Data and records will be discoverable through Google and other search engines, maximising the visibility and impact of the research. Researchers can also choose to set an embargo period for their files if they wish.

ORA-Data is running as a free pilot until July 2015. We’re keen for users to try it out, and would welcome any feedback to help us improve the service. ORA-Data can be accessed via the main ORA website: just select ‘Contribute’ followed by the ‘Data’ link. Our ‘How to deposit’ guide is available via our LibGuide and the ORA-Data team can be contacted at: ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk – we would love to hear from anyone interested to find out more.

—Amanda Flynn, Digital Scholarship Support Officer

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