Getting to Know Your Repository

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Exercise

Getting to Know Your Repository

  1. Find the web site of the repository at your institution and poke around a bit. (If your institution doesn’t seem to have an institutional repository, try to find the institutional repository at another institution that is similar to yours or with which you’re familiar.) Then find the web site of another kind of repository (choosing from one of the categories above) and poke around a bit. What similarities and differences do you notice?
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    1. Your answers might concern (1) cost of accessing data or depositing data; (2) focus (on research publications vs. research data); (3) how much published guidance the repository provides for depositors; (4) whether, and what level of, curation services the data repository provides. If you tried to access data, your answers might consider (5) whether you had to become a registered user before seeing any data and (6) how easy it seems to be to find data in the repository and to deposit data.