Research Data Published through Repositories

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Research data published through digital repositories or other services providers with specialist skills to manage the data and an ongoing commitment to ensure preservation.

Group: Research Outputs

Trend in 2021:

Consensus Decision

Added to List: 2019

reduced riskTrend towards reduced risk

Previous classification: Vulnerable

Trend in 2022:

reduced riskMaterial improvement

Imminence of Action

Action is recommended within three years, detailed assessment within one year

Significance of Loss

The loss of tools, data or services within this group would impact on many people and sectors.

Effort to Preserve

It would require a small effort to preserve materials in this group, with the deployment of proven tools or techniques.


Recognized data repositories in specialist disciplines; institutional data repositories in subject specialist centres and partnerships

‘Endangered’ in the Presence of Aggravating Conditions

Lack of long-term commitment; lack of user community; lack of visibility to potential depositors; lack of institutional commitment

‘Lower Risk’ in the Presence of Good Practice

Certification and documented good practice; effective documentation requirements for depositors; proven financial sustainability; skilled staff; participation in the digital preservation community

2021 Jury Review

This entry was added in 2019 as a separate entry, but it was previously introduced in 2017 under ‘Research Data’, though without explicit reference to the capacity of the repository infrastructure. In 2019, the Jury split the ‘Research Data’ entry into a range of contexts for research outputs including this addition. It was classified as vulnerable; the preservation of research data published through a well-founded repository with the capacity and commitment to ensure preservation and the capability in part through their own professional development activities, makes it a ‘lower risk’ outcome for research data.  The 2021 Jury agreed with this classification but commented on the improvements and initiatives towards preservation of research data and outputs, leading to a trend towards reduced risk.  

2022 Trend

The 2022 Taskforce agreed on a trend towards reduced risk based on material improvement over the last year that have not only offered examples of good research data management and preservation practices but also suggest a significant shift towards culture of change and collaboration across different research communities and stakeholders. These include (but are not limited to) improvements and initiatives by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), Science Europe, Research Data Alliance (RDA), Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and related projects on the preservation of research data and outputs

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