DataSpace: Long-term preservation of documents and datasets

DataSpace Information for Data Submitters

DataSpace hosts Research Data from faculty as well as graduate students. DataSpace is geared towards archiving content for the long term. Submissions are meant to be final. Once a submission has been uploaded and approved it receives its permanent URL and is not intended to be changed. If necessary, we occasionally work with submitters if errors need to be corrected or a new data revision needs to be published. Just be aware that after submission making changes is discouraged.


We do require submitters to accept the Dataspace Distribution License. It basically requires that you, the owner of the rights to the data, grant Princeton University the right to publish your dataset.  


We ask you to provide the data in commonly used formats, formats that are widely used and that can reasonably be expected to be readable decades from now. This includes widely used discipline specific formats. Please have a look at the Data Formats section in the Library’s  Guide to Research Data Management.


Datasets are represented in DataSpace on individual web pages that show descriptive metadata about the dataset and contain links to the data files. These web pages are listed as parts of collections. For example, the dataset “Fracture aperture maps used to study reactive transport, channelization, and permeability evolution in carbonate rocks” is part of the CEE Research Data Sets collection. The submission consists of five data files and a README.txt file that describes additional details.   


All submissions, once approved, receive a permanent URL, a so called ARK, of the form<UNIQUE-ID>

This URL is currently redirected to the corresponding page in DataSpace. If we ever move the dataset to a new service with a different URL, we will make sure to redirect the ARK to the new service URL.


Lastly there is a limit to the data file size. Since DataSpace delivers files to users via the HTTP protocol, big files can become problematic, especially if the receiver does not have a fast Internet connection. On the other hand you will not want to upload a very long list of files, since users would have to download files one by one by clicking on each.


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