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Research Data Repositories: Review of Current Features, Gap Analysis, And Recommendations for Minimum Requirements

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Amber Leahey
Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries

Scientific reproducibility and data sharing are increasingly recognized as integral to scientific research and publishing, to ensure new knowledge discovery. This goes far beyond making data publicly available. It requires informed and thoughtful preparation from initial research planning to collection of data/metadata, considerations of interoperability, and publication in curated repositories. Research Data Canada (RDC) is a collaborative, non-government organization interested in access to and preservation of Canadian research data. The RDC Standards and Interoperability Committee (RDC-SINC) assessed 30 Canadian and International research data repositories for data transfer, storage, curation, preservation, and access. We identified data submission requirements, Standards, features and functionality implemented by the repositories, and performed a gap analysis. Results are discussed in light of current and evolving needs. Recommendations are made for minimum research data and repository requirements. Terminology used complies with RDC's new glossary of research data "Terms & Definitions". This paper provides a practical multi-disciplinary compendium of core research data submission and repository requirements currently in use. Given this rapidly developing field, the paper will be updated just prior to submission.

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