FAQs: How to Deposit Data

  1. Can my data be embargoed until I or my research team finish all our planned analyses?
  2. Does ICPSR accept qualitative data?
  3. Does your archive keep the original version of the files that I submit for archiving?
  4. How does your archive prepare a data collection for public release?
  5. How secure is the data deposit form?
  6. How will the research community know that my data are available from ICPSR?
  7. I don't mind depositing the baseline study from my longitudinal data system, but is it possible to delay release of subsequent waves of data?
  8. If I deposit data with NAHDAP, who owns the data?
  9. In the informed consent documents, I promised the data would only be used by an approved research team. How can I now share my data with others?
  10. I prefer not to submit my data collection via the Electronic Deposit Form. Do I have other options?
  11. Is it possible for me to read and approve research proposals based on my data? I wish to determine the nature of the research done with my data.
  12. My data/documentation are not in a format that can be released to secondary users. How do I find the resources to prepare it for broader distribution?
  13. My data are collected from very vulnerable populations. How can I prevent these data from being used to portray them in an injurious way?
  14. My data are on very sensitive topics; the risk to participants is very high should they be re-identified. How can I protect the respondents?
  15. My data are very complicated. I am not sure users will be able to use the data. Will NAHDAP staff provide user support?
  16. Once I've deposited my data, I do not want changes made to my data collection without my permission. Will you contact me prior to altering the files?
  17. What is the preferred submission format for data files?
  18. When will I know if my data collection will be archived?
  19. Why is sharing data useful to me? Why should I share data that I have worked very hard to collect and analyze?