Make your data count

ORA-Data welcomes new users and feedback

(posted on behalf of Amanda Flynn, Bodleian Libaries)

The Bodleian has recently launched a new service for the University, the Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data). An integrated digital repository and catalogue for research data, ORA-Data offers a service to archive and enable the discovery, citation and sharing of data produced by researchers at Oxford. ORA-Data is aimed especially at researchers who wish:

• to deposit data that underpins publications
• to deposit data that their funding body requires be preserved and made accessible
• to add a record to the University’s catalogue of data about a dataset stored elsewhere

Any type of digital research data, from across all academic disciplines, may be deposited in ORA-Data, and we accept any file format. ORA-Data sits within the original Oxford Research Archive (ORA) for publications, so that data can be linked easily to – and browsed alongside – related publications. A permanent descriptive record is created for all data deposited in ORA-Data and a persistent unique identifier generated (a DOI, or Digital Object Identifier), which allows your dataset to be clearly attributed and cited. Data and records will be discoverable through Google and other search engines, maximising the visibility and impact of your research. You can also choose to set an embargo period for your files if you wish.

Research data management is an increasingly important concern for the University. The UK Research Councils view publicly funded research data as a public good, produced in the public interest, and now require such data to be made openly available at the close of projects with as few restrictions as possible. The EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), for example, has a set of expectations about research data management which come into effect today, 1 May 2015: We’re pleased to announce that depositing in ORA-Data will allow researchers and the University to comply with these expectations.

Until July 2015, ORA-Data is running as a free pilot, though there are plans for it to become a chargeable service in the future (with a draft charging model currently under negotiation). During the pilot period, we’re very keen to encourage researchers to try out ORA-Data, and very much welcome any feedback from users to help us improve the service. We’re pleased to say that we’ve already been able to act on some suggestions we’ve received; for example, we’re now able to offer instant DOIs for data so that you don’t have to wait for us to process your deposit before being able to cite the dataset in an article submitted for publication.

ORA-Data can be accessed via the main ORA website:; just select ‘Contribute’ followed by the ‘Data’ link. A full guide to using ORA-Data, packed with help and support, is also available: To get in touch with the ORA-Data team please contact us at: – we would love to hear from you if you’d like to find out more about what we can offer or how we can help with your data.

Amanda Flynn, Bodleian Libraries