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Research Data Management (RDM) - Nipissing University

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This Research Data Management (RDM) - Nipissing University guide created by Rebecca Kasperavicius and Nipissing University's Office of Graduate Studies & Research is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Data Deposit & Access

A key piece of data management, as mandated by the Tri-Agency, is depositing digital research data, metadata, and code that directly support research conclusions into a digital repository. This applies to all Tri-Agency-supported research that results in journal publications and pre-prints.

  • The deposit must be made by time of publication
  • The repository must ensure safe storage, preservation and curation of the data
  • Researchers are expected to provide appropriate access to the data where ethical, cultural, legal and commercial requirements allow
  • Data, metadata and code should be linked to the publication with a persistent digital identifier, whenever possible


Repositories for research data can be general or discipline-specific, catering for small-to-moderate file sizes or large data sizes. They make data more discoverable and allow depositors/data owners to control who can access their data and how their data can be used.

General Repositories
  • Borealis (the Canadian Dataverse Repository) - This is an excellent first option for researchers in Ontario. Data are securely stored in Canada (Ontario Library Research Cloud) and discoverable through other tools, including the Federated Research Data Repository and Google Dataset Search. Note that when creating an account, you will need to use your Nipissing University email address.
  • Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) - If the size of individual files are too large for Borealis (over 3 GB), FRDR is a good alternative, with many of the same features offered by Borealis. Learn more about it here.
  • T-Space - Nipissing University's collection in University of Toronto's Institutional Repository, T-Space, serves as an institutional repository for researchers to deposit published work and/or data connected to published work. Deposit in T-Space also satisfies open access requirements of funding agencies.

Discipline-Specific Repositories

If you need to deposit your data in a discipline-specific repository, you can find an appropriate one through one of the following repository lists/registries. Note that these registries may have fees connected to the deposit process. If you are in the process of writing a grant application, it's a good practice to include repository costs in the grant budget.