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Re-Shaping the Landscape of Research Data Repositories

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Louise Bolger
UK Data Service

ReShare is the UK Data Service's online data repository for archiving and sharing research data, produced by researchers, primarily for ESRC grant holders. It is designed for 'short-term management' whereby researchers self-deposit data and prepare data files themselves. However, ReShare's metadata profile and discovery system is fully integrated in UKDS. We optimise linkages with other systems to maximise standardisation, and minimise the 'burden' on depositors of completing a metadata record. Once depositors complete their project record, ReShare administrators conduct reviews to check for disclosure risks, and quality of documentation. Currently, there are 595 collections in ReShare, 500 of which were migrated from the ESRC Data Store, which ReShare replaced. To incentivise and reward depositors who provide complete well-constructed project records containing data and robust supporting documentation, we are introducing a quality mark on projects which meet the criteria.  This paper discusses the criteria for this quality mark in more depth, reflects upon the common issues faced in the review process of ReShare, and provides recommendations on how depositors can avoid making the common errors seen in ReShare. Finally, an overview of ReShare is provided, covering topics such as ReShare's purpose, functionality, and a reflection on a year of ReShare.

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