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Research Data Management: FAQs

ANDS Guide to Data Storage

The ANDS Guide to data storage looks at the strengths and weaknesses of various options for archiving your data and other storage options.

How can I tell if my data has been accessed or cited?

Persistent identifiers for data can facilitate data sharing, access, attribution and tracking impact or usage. One of the most common forms of identifier is the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). 

To request a DOI for your data contact researchsupport@csu.edu.au

Further Information

The Australian Research Data Commons Resources give an explanation of DOIs, data citation and other strategies for creating links for your data sets. A detailed explanation of the  DOI service is available.

DataCite is a global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. DataCite is also a database of all datasets that have been issued a DOI.

Where should I store my data post-publication?

Charles Sturt University Data storage

Apply for Charles Sturt secure storage through a DIT help desk request.

Other Secure Data storage

Charles Sturt Research Office has information on Cloud and Supercomputing Resources. Charles Sturt University is a member of Intersect, a not-for-profit organisation set up to support research in Australia. Intersect extends the technology services of the university and provides services,expert consulting and training programs.

AARNET Cloudstor -Cloudstor provides up to 100GB for individual researchers with group storage quotas for research projects.

Research Data Australia

To make your data available for access or re-use for research arrange to deposit it with Research Data Australia (RDA). RDA contains data from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions. An alternative may be to store your data at Charles Sturt, and have a record for it in RDA along with your contact details to enable access as appropriate.

How do I ensure my data's copyright or moral rights protections?

For data that are Open Access, you may also wish to add licensing conditions. One way to do this is with creative commons licences.

As a minimum, data needs to be appropriately attributed (cited) so it's a good idea to always add a licence so it is clear what your intentions are for sharing.

A Creative Commons (CC) licence is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC licence is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created without infringing copyright. Offering your work under a Creative Commons licence does not mean giving up your copyright but rather permits users to make use of your material in various ways, but only on certain conditions.