Field Data Repository

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The Field Data Repository (FDR) is an archive for digital data of all types, but with a focus on non-numeric types of data. While the name pays homage to the types of qualitative data created by researchers in “field” work, the archive encourages researchers to deposit and share data resulting from any type of research.

The goal of digital repositories is to encourage the re-use of valuable data that may have been created for other research projects.

Like many digital object archives, the FDR follows the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) model to provide a secure environment for archived data, to provide the administration of data access rights, and to enable the discovery of data.

The FDR is sponsored by the Syracuse University Information School, under the auspices of the Center for Computational and Data Sciences.

Research goals: researchers at the CCDS will focus on representing annotated data and expanding the discovery capabilities for all types of non-numeric data.

Educational goals: FDR will provide a testbed for training iSchool students in data curation and in the operation of a digital object repository.

Why Deposit?

Depositing data in FDR

  • provides secure archival of data through preservation and backup

  • enables other researchers to discover and re-use data, while providing rights management and administration of access

  • allows data citation to increase impact and visibility of research

How to Deposit:

The depositing process starts with the creation of research data in one of the supported digital formats.

Starting the online deposit process

  • create an account at FDR

  • create a new project and fill in a form describing the data in this project, including access policies

  • upload individual files or a zip file in the case of numerous data objects

Making data available

  • after initial data deposit, an FDR data curator will work with you to provide appropriate metadata fields to enable discovery

  • when complete, the data in your project will be made visible online, to the extent that you grant permission


How do I prepare data for deposit?

In most cases, if your research data is in digital format, your data is already in good shape for deposit. FDR supports many standard digital formats. FDR can provide guidelines and can help you in the process of preparing your research data for deposit.

What documents can I deposit?

FDR accepts all standard document formats, for example; .pdf, .doc, .xls, .xml etc. You can also deposit image files, audio files, and video files. For information about how to deposit multimedia (audio and video) files, please contact FDR.

Do I need an account on FDR for deposit?


Do I need an account on FDR for accessing data?

You don’t need an account to use FDR’s discover services. You should be able to access metadata of most research collections without needing an account on FDR. However, most documents can viewed only when you login.

Do I have access to all data on FDR if I have an FDR account?

Most data is accessible if you have an account. However, data depositors can restrict access to certain documents. Only those documents are not available.

I am a depositor. How do I restrict access to some of my data?

All deposited documents are associated with an access policy. You can control who can access the documents. You can specify the list of people who can access your deposited data.

How can I start depositing now?

1. Create an account of FDR

2. Sign in and go to your account page

3. Click on "New Project". You will be presented with a form to deposit your research project information

4. After you deposit your research project, you will be able to access document deposit form, to start depositing your documents or data

5. Contact FDR if you have any questions or need assistance during the process

What happens after I deposit?

After you deposit, FDR curators will review submitted project and documents information, and start curation process. Your project will be published on FDR when curation is complete.