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Research Data Services

Guidance, tools, and training to support faculty and students working with research data.

University of Victoria Data Repository 

Borealis, the Canadian Dataverse Repository, is a bilingual, multi-disciplinary, secure, Canadian research data repository, supported by academic libraries and research institutions across Canada. Borealis supports discovery, management, sharing, and preservation of Canadian research data.

The UVic Dataverse Collection is a proud member of Borealis. The platform is free for UVic-affiliated researchers to support the storage, sharing, citation and re-use of your research data. 


Dataverse Repository

The University of Victoria Dataverse Collection is suitable for all disciplines and accepts a wide range of data types and formats including:

  • Tabular (e.g. spss, sas, csv, xls/xlsx)
  • Images (e.g. png, jpg, tiff)
  • Geospatial (e.g. shp, gml)
  • Audiovisual (e.g. mp3, mp4)
  • Text (e.g. txt, docx)
  • Code (e.g. python, R, spss, stata, sas)

While many file formats can be deposited in Dataverse repositories, it is recommended that file be in sustainable, non-proprietary formats that promote long-term access and reuse For more information, see UK Data Service Recommended formats

All deposited files are held in a secure environment on Canadian servers, and depositors can choose to make content available publicly, to specific individuals, or to keep it locked.


Why use Dataverse?

  • Discoverability. Dataverse improves the discovery of your research by creating a permanent digital object identifier (DOI) that can be used to discover and share your data. 

  • Citability. Upon deposit, a data citation is created which can be used to cite and link your data to other academic output.

  • Customization. Enables such things as creating customized terms of use for your research data and tracking data usage through downloadable metrics and customized guest books

  • Secure data management. Dataverse supports the creation of terms of use and restrictions if you want to limit the use of or access to data. It also provides a backup copy for safekeeping.​

  • Effective sharing. Dataverse is a convenient way to disseminate your data, and can facilitate your research team’s collaboration within a secure space.​

  • Track changes. Dataverse provides file version control for managing changes to a project without overwriting any part of that project, an especially useful feature when working on a team.​

  • Long-term access and preservation. Persistent identification and normalization of your data ensures reliable access and prevention from data obsolescence.

  • Organization and compatibility. Create your own personal web data archive that conforms to international data standards to maximize system compatibility and searchability.​

  • Increase research visibility. Increase scholarly recognition for your work beyond your research publications.​

  • Meet grant requirements. Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit data which is collected as part of their research project into an archive.


Adapted from: Scholars Portal. (n.d.). Scholars Portal Dataversehttps://learn.scholarsportal.info/all-guides/dataverse/#Why-use-Dataverse and Scholars Portal. (n.d.). Dataverse 101 - Module 1https://learn.scholarsportal.info/modules/portage/dataverse-101-module-1/

Dataverse User Guides 

  • Quick Guide to Depositing Data (UVic Libraries)
    This 4-step guide helps new depositors when depositing data into into UVic Dataverse.

  • Extended User Guide (UVic Libraries)
    This 1-page guide assists researchers with common questions, considerations, and challenges when depositing data into UVic Dataverse.

  • Metadata Best Practices Guide (Dataverse North) 
    Created by Scholars Portal Dataverse, this helpful guide should be consulted when selecting metadata terms to describe your data deposit.

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