Metadata are an important part of ensuring that data is discoverable, citable, and enables future users to interpret for reuse. There are many metadata standards that vary across disciplines but according to the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (2016), common elements include the following:
For a helpful archive of standards by discipline, visit the Digital Curation Centre's Disciplinary Metadata page.
The Tri Agency Statement of Principles states "Research data resulting from agency funding should normally be preserved in a publicly accessible, secure and curated repository or other platform for discovery and reuse by others" (2016). OCAD University recommends research data be deposited in Scholars Portal's Dataverse, an open source platform offered to Ontario universities through the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).
Sharing data can involve ethical, legal, and licensing considerations. If you have concerns about anonymization and other ethical or legal concerns we recommend UK Data Archive's Consent and Ethics guide.
There are a number of disciplinary data repositories available. <odesi> is a digital exploration tool for social sciences data containing over 3,535 datasets and more than 13,000 additional dataset descriptions available for searching.
To explore other disciplinary data repositories visit the following: