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UCI Dash: A New Solution to Research Data Sharing and Archiving

UCI Dash is an easy-to-use solution for researchers to archive and share their datasets. Data sharing is critical for the advancement of knowledge; researchers benefit from increased collaborations, reproducibility, and recognition of their work; institutions and funders benefit from the measurable increase in the impact of their resources; and society benefits from the faster pace at which research can progress. Funding agencies, such as The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH), are now making data sharing and archiving part of their funding requirements. Researchers can meet those requirements by using Dash.


Tasks Dash currently supports include:

• Providing guidance on preparing datasets for submission based on best practices.
• Selecting datasets for curation through local file browse or simple drag-and-drop.
• Describing datasets using the DataCite metadata schema.
• Assigning datasets with persistent digital identifiers for permanent citation and discovery.
• Preserving, managing, and making data easily downloadable.
• Discovering and retrieving data through faceted search and browse.

In addition to UCI Dash, UCI Libraries worked with the California Digital Library to develop a geo‐location service that fulfills the needs of an Orange County Data Portal (OCDP). OCDP uses the Dash platform and is intended to preserve and share research data collected in or pertaining to Orange County, California. All data deposited in OCDP will also appear in the main UCI Dash interface.

Dash is a service that will be continuously improved. For example, CDL recently obtained a grant from the Sloan Foundation to revamp the user interface and update the technology.

For more information on UCI Dash please contact Shu Liu, Metadata & Digital Resources Librarian at 949-824-8781 or shu.liu@uci.edu.