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Virginia Tech Data Repository: Home

1) Purpose

The purpose of the Virginia Tech Data Repository is to highlight, preserve, and provide access to research products (e.g. datasets) of the Virginia Tech community, and in doing so help to disseminate the intellectual output of the university in its land-grant mission. The Virginia Tech Data Repository and Virginia Tech serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world’s community through the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.

To find or publish non-research data objects created by the Virginia Tech community please visit VTechWorks.

2) Publishing Data in the Virginia Tech Data Repository

Current Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students can log in to the Virginia Tech Data Repository to deposit and request publication of datasets. Virginia Tech staff can be given access upon request at vtechdata@vt.edu.

Before Depositing data in the Virginia Tech Data Repository for publication and to receive a DOI, depositors should read and follow the steps in “Preparing Data for Deposit”.

All datasets deposited and for which publication is requested will be reviewed and must meet certain requirements. These are described in more detail in “Preparing Data for Deposit”.

Note that publication of datasets is a process mediated by the Virginia Tech Data Repository Administrators and may not be completed the same day as a request for data publication is made.

The Virginia Tech Data Repository uses the Figshare for institutions platform for data deposit, publication and access. For documentation on use of the Figshare for institutions platform refer to the Figshare user guides; please note that actions described in these user guides will take place on the Virginia Tech Data Repository as opposed to figshare.com

Data and associated materials will be accepted for deposit in any language and in a variety of forms and formats. 

Depositors are initially allocated 1GB of system storage towards data publication on the Virginia Tech Data Repository. Depositors can request more storage from the Virginia Tech Data Repository Administrators.

Virginia Tech Data Repository Administrators can provide assistance with research data deposit, publication and documentation. Consult the Curation Services page for more information and contact vtechdata@vt.edu for assistance.

3) Restricting Access to Deposited & Published Data

The intent of the Virginia Tech Data Repository is to make data and other research products openly available to the general public and wider research community. However, we recognize that certain research situations necessitate restricting access to such content for a certain period of time. This content can be embargoed, i.e. deposited in the Virginia Tech Data Repository with the expectation that it will be made openly accessible to the general public (e.g. Published) in the near future. 

Restricted access objects on the Virginia Tech Data Repository will neither be discoverable nor accessible by the public. Do not deposit data in Virginia Tech Data Repository that violate law, ethics or institutional policy; while we make every effort to maintain the privacy of restricted data, any server can be vulnerable. Examples of such data are enumerated in the Virginia Tech Data Repository Deposit Agreement, Section 3.

Last modified 7 September 2021