Share Data

The Firearm Safety Among Childrean and Teens (FACTS) project welcomes and encourages deposits of digital data. FACTS has a free self-publishing deposit workflow, which provides secure upload of files and a form for describing the deposited data collection. Data collections published in FACTS are immediately distributed as-is for immediate research use.

To begin your deposit, click on the "Start Deposit" button below and click on "Share Data" at the top of the FACTS repository web page. When you create a new project, be sure to select "Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens" from the "Select a repository" list.

Start Deposit

Help with Depositing Data

For deposits that involve physical materials, please email

Why Deposit Data With FACTS?

Data published through the FACTS repository benefits from protocols and services, including:

  • Immediate publication of data upon submission, which ensures automatic project citation, including a persistent digital object identifier (DOI).
  • Long-Term Preservation, which ensures long-term data availability.
  • Worldwide Dissemination with usage statistics available on each project home page.

Publishing data through the FACTS repository also benefits researchers. Specifically, FACTS provides researchers with:

  • User Support. FACTS staff are available to answer questions about downloading and using data.
  • Levels of Access. FACTS offers both public- and restricted-use access options for researchers, which can be chosen upon publishing their data.
  • Aggregation of Publications. Depositors are strongly encouraged to add citations to the "Related Publications" section of their individual project workspace(s).

What Should My Deposit Include?

Deposits should include all data and documentation necessary to independently read and interpret the data collection. Key instructions for preparing data and documentation are listed below. For a discussion of best practice in preparing data for sharing, please refer to ICPSR's Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving, 5th Edition or contact FACTS staff directly ( See also ICPSR's Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans.

Data File(s)

FACTS encourages depositors to submit data as SAS, SPSS, or Stata files. ASCII files are also acceptable as long as they are accompanied with data definition statements. Datasets in other formats are accepted as well. Each variable in the data collection should have a set of exhaustive, mutually-exclusive codes. Variable labels and value labels should clearly describe the information or question recorded in that variable. Missing data codes should be defined. When applicable, all identifying information should be removed from the records to ensure confidentiality.


Documentation files are integral to interpreting a data collection and should thoroughly explain the data collection. Examples of documentation files include:

  • Codebooks
  • Data collection instruments
  • Summary statistics
  • Project summaries
  • Bibliographies of publications pertaining to the data

Depositors are strongly encouraged to add citations to the “Related Publications” section of their individual project workspace(s).

Documentation can be submitted as Microsoft Word, ASCII, and DDI XML files, among other formats. Documentation that has the question text integrated with variable information is preferred.


Every new or revised FACTS study includes a study description, which provides summary information about the data collection. Study descriptions are valuable resources to data users and include both general information, such as study title and summary, as well as more detailed information about the study design and methodology. Depositors are strongly encouraged to describe their data projects fully in the Summary section as well as other applicable fields in their individual project workspace(s).

What Happens to My Data After the Deposit?

Data collections published via the FACTS repository are immediately distributed as-is for immediate research use; discoverable in ICPSR's data catalog, search tools, and major search engine indexes; and widely accessible for all who wish to use the data. For long-term preservation, data are stored in accordance with prevailing standards and practice.