University of Virginia’s data repository

LibraData is a place for UVA researchers to share data publicly, and is part of the Libra Scholarly Repository suite of services which includes works of UVA scholarship such as articles, books, theses, and data. LibraData, data repository, is UVa's local instance of the Dataverse software, developed and used by Harvard University.

Why deposit data in LibraData?

  • Increased visibility and impact of your research data. 
    Sharing your data publicly can increase your research impact and visibility, creating additional opportunities for collaboration and connection within and beyond your existing network. To assist in the sharing process, a persistent identifier (DOI) is created for each LibraData dataset.
  • Ensures your data is FAIR
    By depositing in LibraData you ensure that your data are managed and shared in ways that are consistent with the FAIR Guiding Principles (i.e., Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) (Wilkinson, et al., 2016). Depositing in LibraData fulfills the requirement of many funding agencies, that data, to the greatest extent possible, be shared, open, and stored in FAIR-aligned repositories.
  • Safe management of your data.
    Depositing your research data in LibraData not only makes your data discoverable and accessible to a wider audience, but also keeps your data safer. The UVA Library, and UVA’s Information Technology Services, are committed to the durability and sustainability of scholarship deposited in Libra. Libra uses standard data management practices, including security and backup procedures, to provide a reasonable assurance that files will remain retrievable over time. LibraData will be preserved in the Academic Preservation Trust, of which UVA Library is a founding member and partner.
  • Fulfillment of journal and grant mandates.
    More journals and public and private funding agencies are requiring that researchers deposit data created as part of the research process. Publishing your data within LibraData meets the requirements of these mandates.
  • Valuable research time saved.
    Using LibraData’s easy-to-use interface to deposit, describe, and share your data saves you time and allows you to focus on your research.

LibraData is for publishable products of research. LibraData is a place for UVA researchers to publish research data for sharing publicly. If you are looking for a home for data in progress, consider using the Open Science Framework during the collaborative phase of your research - it integrates easily with instances of Dataverse repositories like LibraData to enable publishing of research products at the appropriate point in the research lifecycle. You can also deposit data into LibraData even if it’s already been made publicly available through another repository.

LibraData is UVA’s local instance of the Dataverse software developed by Harvard. Since it is locally installed, all data resides on servers physically located on the UVA Grounds.

How can I find more information on using and depositing in LibraData?