Friday, 8 May 2015

New Data Repository at Loughborough University

Just over a week ago Loughborough University launched their data repository; which can be accessed at This repository infrastructure consists of 'Figshare for institutions' for data management and front-end interface, and Arkivum for archival storage. The repository was populated with data from PLoS articles by Loughborough researchers.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Registering Your Research Data

If your research is funded by EPSRC and you will publish results on or after 1st May 2015, you need to make the research data available for access (in other words ‘published’). The research data will need registering so that a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) may be issued and a record created in the University of Sheffield Data Catalogue.

As the data catalogue is not yet up and running, we are compiling information about research data in readiness.
  1. If you have already published your research data, by depositing it in a data repository or data centre, and it has been issued a DOI or similar identifier, please send an email to, including the DOI (or equivalent identifier), funder organisation name and grant number.
  2. If you have already published your research data but have not had a DOI issued, please use this form at to generate a metadata XML file for you to download or copy.  Please then send a copy of the metadata.xml file to, and we should be able to mint a DOI for your data.
  3. If you have yet to publish your data, you may use this form to generate a metadata XML file to download or copy. This may be sent to ahead of publication so that there is a record already in the data catalogue and a DOI may be issued on publication of the research data.

We will be grateful for any feedback regarding these forms.

EPSRC Expectations are go!

Happy May 1st

If your research is funded by the EPSRC, and you are publishing your outputs from today onwards, the EPSRC Data Expectations (on organisations in receipt of EPSRC funding) require you to comply with the following:-
  1.  All researchers and research students funded by EPSRC must comply with the University of Sheffield policy on Research Data Management 
  2. Include a short ‘data statement’ in your published papers describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed. This is more easily accomplished if you have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), or similar identifier, allocated to your data.
  3. Ensure that the research data supporting your publication is accessible by depositing digital research data in an appropriate data repository service. The University of Sheffield is establishing a Research Data Repository Service, which should be available for EPSRC funded research data later in 2015. Alternatively, you may deposit your data in a discipline specialist repository or a broad based data repository. For more information see the 'Publishing and sharing research data' page of the University's RDM webpages.
  4. You should consider how non-digital research data may be stored and made accessible in the event of a valid request for access.
  5. The University will ensure that information describing your data (metadata) is published and made freely available on the internet through a research data catalogue. It is expected that digital research data is allocated a DOI. This may be achieved by registering your data either when data is deposited with the University’s Data Repository Service, or adding a record to the research data catalogue if the dataset is deposited elsewhere. Please see this post for more details.
  6. If access to data is restricted, the published metadata should provide the reason and summarise the conditions which must be satisfied for access to be granted.
  7. The University must ensure that the research data supporting your publication is securely preserved for a minimum of 10 years.

      The EPSRC has issued clarification and guidance on the interpretations of these expectations which may be useful.