Getting Started

The first time you deposit into DRUW , you will need to...

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Preparing your data for deposit

Here’s a guide from ICPSR.

Make sure you have the correct authorizations - see our Intellectual Property FAQ for more info.

Make sure that you don’t have any personally identifiable information - see our Protected Information Policy for more info.

Think of it like publication - you want the data set to be as complete as possible

Check out our recommended formats.

Describing your data

The goal is for your data to not only be findable, but useable. In general, you will need to include some descriptive metadata, including XYZ. You will also have the opportunity to include a number of other metadata fields. We also recommend that you include a readme file. If you need assistance finding a metadata standard that’s appropriate, contact our Data Librarians.

Licensing your materials

According to UW Grants Information Memorandum 37 all Research Data is owned by the University, except as otherwise provided by an agreement with a third party, a law, or University policy, such as copyright policy. However, researchers are assigned stewardship responsibility of the data, and therefore may archive and share the data as they see fit. Ownership of software and other copyrightable materials is governed by Executive Order 36, which states that UW faculty, staff, and students retain all rights in copyrightable materials they create, subject to a limited number of exceptions.

As owners and stewards of your materials it is important to give users clear guidelines on how they may use your data and code. While you may deposit materials with all rights reserved, UW encourages you to use one of the following licenses to communicate your wishes:

For any material:

  • CC0 - The rights holder waives all of their interests in the work; users may use the material any way they wish.

For research data and data sets:

  • Open Data Commons - A set of licenses that are specifically designed to accommodate the differing ownership issues that can arise between a database and its contents.

For code:

  • MIT License - A simple and permissive license that allows a wide range of uses but requires inclusion of the original copyright and license notices.
  • BSD Licenses - A set of simple and permissive licenses very similar to the MIT license, but with additional options to explicitly exclude patent rights or to control the copyright holder’s promotional association with derived products.

For other copyrightable materials:

  • Creative Commons - A set of licenses that outline users’ responsibilities regarding attribution, commercialization, derivative works, and licensing of derivative works.

Batch vs. Normal Upload

Here are the differences

Navigating your account

Information about what it means to create your own collection, etc.

Further assistance

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