The SDS platform provides a sustainable, enduring home for Oxford's research data, ensuring it remains publicly accessible at the end of its 'active' phase (the phase during which the 'hot' data is still being collected, analysed and edited on a regular basis) meeting funder requirements.
We specialise in supporting researchers to curate and publish their digital research outputs in the ‘semi-active’ or ‘warm’ phase: when your data are no longer being collected and analysed on a daily basis, but have entered a phase where only occasional minor edits, updates and additions are being made.
Once a research project has ended, or is nearing its conclusion, your data must be archived in a responsible way. Oxford researchers should deposit their final datasets in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) when it has reached the ‘Archival’ or ‘Cold’ phase of the Research Data Management lifecycle, when data are unlikely to be updated in the future, and can be accessibly archived in perpetuity. The SDS Team monitor research projects and if they are no longer in active use we will contact you as the Data Owner or your nominated Data Steward to discuss whether the data is ready to be archived into ORA. We will never archive data without consultation and agreement from you or your nominated Data Steward.
Data deposited on the SDS platform is backed up in multiple different archiving services. In the unlikely event of the SDS platform becoming inoperable, research data will be sustained, and the SDS service will be able to provide access elsewhere.