Depositing data into a recognized digital data repository can provide the necessary curation and storage conditions needed to keep your data securely accessible over the long term. Depositing data is not equivalent to sharing research data; when researchers deposit data they can choose to keep the data private or set sharing permissions.
Many journal publishers require authors to deposit and/or share the research data associated with their publications.
Tri-Agency policy governing the use of research grants and awards also encourages or requires the use of data repositories, where ethical, legal, and commercial requirements allow.
Data are deposited in a repository towards the end of its lifecycle, when it is ready for sharing and publication. UVic Libraries can guide researchers in selecting an appropriate repository to suit their needs.
Domain (or disciplinary) repositories are developed and managed by research communities, often with features to support the needs of specific data types.