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Sharing Data

Why share data?

  • Increase your research impact: Making your data available to other researchers can impact discovery and relevance of your research.
  • Preserve your data:  Depositing data in a reliable data repository ensures it is preserved.
  • Meet grant requirements: Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit data collected as part of a research project.
  • Promote new discoveries: Sharing your data with other researchers can lead to new discoveries.

Canadian Open Data Repositories

  • CBU now has a 'Dataverse' within this Canada Wide Portal! Register here:
  • Supports file sizes smaller than 2.5 Gb
  • Data stored on secure Canadian servers
  • Open to researchers at participating Canadian Universities
  • Widely discoverable on DataCite, FRDR, Google, ORCID. Mints DOIs.
  • Supports versioning and some active data management
  • Accepts all types of data, format agnostic
  • Digital Preservation soon to be supported via Archivematica
  • Granular access control, can restrict files

  • Any researcher in Canada can register:
  • Supports file sizes larger than 2.5 Gb
  • Data stored on secure Canadian servers (Compute Canada)
  • Open to principle investigators (faculty at any Canadian Institution) & their designates
  • Use if your institution does not have it's own repository or you have large datasets
  • Widely discoverable on Datacite, Google, OpenAIRE. Mints DOI's
  • Does not support versioning or active data management
  • Maintains file hierarchies in uploaded data
  • Accepts all types of data
  • Digital preservation supported by Archivematica
  • Supports embargo periods, but otherwise CC license to datasets

Domain Specific Repositories


  • For research that is specialized
  • Use if your field has an established , well-known repository built to handle specialized datasets.  (check
  • May only accept certain data types
  • Data may be stored outside of Canada
  • Often hard to locate and share
  • Digital preservation often not available

Journal Requirements

Many journals require that published articles be accompanied by the underlying research data. Data sharing policies often are found in the instructions for authors.

Funder Requirements

  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Policy on Data Sharing states that all research data collected with the use of SSHRC funds must be preserved and made available for use by others within a reasonable period of time
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grantees must deposit bioinformatics, atomic and molecular coordinates data into the appropriate public database immediately upon publication of research results
  • CIHR grantees must retain original data sets arising from CIHR-funded research for a minimum of five years after the end of the grant. This applies to all data, whether published or not
  • DRAFT Tri-Agency Policy "Grant recipients are required to deposit into a recognized digital repository all digital research data, metadata and code that directly support the research conclusions in journal publications, pre-prints, and other research outputs that arise from agency-supported research. The repository will ensure safe storage, preservation, and curation of the data. The agencies encourage researchers to provide access to the data where ethical, legal, and commercial requirements allow, and in accordance with the standards of their disciplines. Whenever possible, these data, metadata and code should be linked to the publication with a persistent digital identifier"