Publishing research data in the data.bris repository

data.bris is the University's publicly accessible Research Data Repository. This section contains guidance for those wishing to deposit data in the repository.

For data re-use information see Accessing data in data.bris.

Standard deposit information

If you are a University of Bristol researcher and have research data that you want to make publicly available, the University's Research Data Repository may be an appropriate way to do this. The Research Data Repository enables researchers to publish any type of research data, from any discipline, which underpins a research output, e.g. academic journal article, chapter in a book or conference. Project PIs can apply for their own RDSF space, other researchers and post-grads can publish data via their PI/supervisor.

Overview of the research data publication process for University of Bristol academics:

  • Register as a Data Steward with the Advanced Computing Research Centre at www.acrc.bris.ac.uk then register your project/s to receive your allocation of free data storage. At present, a Data Steward can publish up to 100GB of data per RDSF project. This is currently being reviewed and we will be moving to a publishing allocation per Data Steward, rather than per project.
  • Once you have access to your storage space, copy any data you wish to make public into your pre-configured ‘Data-Bris’ folder.
  • Describe the data you’ve copied to your Data-Bris folder. Complete a Deposit Record form by logging into data-bris.acrc.bris.ac.uk (you can create more than one Deposit Record if you’re describing several different datasets) 
    Note that you need to be on the internal wired network to deposit. Eduroam and external users will need to use the VPN or remote desktop service.

If you wish to publish data under access restrictions (i.e. not as Open data) please also see Publishing data under access restrictions.

Once your deposit has been verified, your data will be published, along with the corresponding Deposit Record. You will be issued a unique British Library DataCite DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for each separate deposit you make. You can then use this DOI to cite your data in publications. Your published data deposits will appear in the data.bris data catalogue, in the DataCite registry, and are also visible to search engines, such as Google; this helps maximise visibility and impact.

Note for Data Deputies

Data Stewards can nominate Data Deputies. As a Data Deputy you have the ability to complete the majority of the deposit process as described in this guide. However, only the Data Steward can request final data publication. We do this to ensure that the Steward gives final approval.

Data preparation rules

For information on how to prepare your data for publication in data.bris, see Data preparation rules.

Data publication process

Once your data is ready, see Data publication process for a complete guide to publishing your data in data.bris.

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