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Dash–a data repository for UC Davis reseachers

Update (1/31/2020): Dash has merged with Dryad. All already deposited datasets have been migrated. Updated, more favorable terms of use are listed in this news article. The Dash URL will no longer resolve. To make a new deposit, please, visit Dryad.

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To facilitate open data sharing, promote access to research and support UC researchers in meeting funders’ and publishers’ requirements for data sharing, the UC Davis Library now offers access to the award-winning service Dash.

Dash is built and maintained by California Digital Library for the UC system. It can receive large uploads of datasets from remote servers, including Google Drive. You can publish your data immediately or under an embargo for up to six months. The description you provide for your dataset will make your data easier to find. The data will be displayed with a formatted recommended citation, so that you can receive credit when your data are re-used. You will also be able to track views and downloads of your files.

Dash is available to UC Davis faculty, graduate students, post-docs and professional researchers with a lifelong allocation of 200 GB per user. Should you anticipate the need to share a larger dataset, or have any questions regarding the platform, please contact to discuss possible options.

To make it as easy as possible for other researchers to find your data, the library offers curation services to improve the long-term usability of your deposits. Here are three tips on that topic:

  1. Describe how your data were collected: include a protocol or a readme file.
  2. Use non-proprietary file formats.
  3. Select your keywords carefully.


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