As data deposit requirements might well differ in detail between archives, it is always advisable to contact the relevant archive as early as possible in the deposit process. All CESSDA archives have individual websites and staff who are willing and able to talk to potential depositors and answer any of their questions.
This section describes first the general public good arguments for data archiving and then, as the success of the archiving endeavour, however, ultimately depends on researchers' willingness to deposit their data for others to use, outlines the actual and practical benefits to the depositor. [more...]
At the point in a data-based undertaking when the work of the data collectors and originating project staff is nearing its end, the process of preparing data for deposit in an archive reaches a critical phase. If data have been managed throughout the data collection effort, the work involved in preparing the data for sharing and archiving will be minimal and straightforward. [more...]
If a dataset is to be archived, it must be organised in such a way that other people can read it. If you have been following the data management recommendations, the decisions required at this point will already have been made, implemented, monitored and documented. The minimum common stages of deposit applicable in most archives are also outlined in this section. [more...]