Towards archiving & publication
This chapter in the tour guide is all about securing your research data's future for the following purposes:
- Archiving data for future reference
Research data archiving is about storing and preserving research data for the long term. When you archive your data, you make sure you can read can access the data later on. You can then also allow access to others for verification purposes when such a request arrives. In all cases, you should store your data in a suitable file format, with adequate documentation and keep your data safe.
- Publishing data for reuse
To make your data reusable for purposes beyond the one for which you collected them, you should publish your data. Publishing your data is the act of publicly disclosing the research data you've collected, making them findable, accessible and reusable.
The incentives that motivate interviewed researchers to archive and publish their research data (Van den Eynden & Bishop, 2014; Hahnel et al., 2017) fall into four main categories:
In the coming paragraphs, the main focus will be on securing high-quality datasets for the future by combining data archiving and data publishing.