Answered By: Research Support Librarian
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2019     Views: 4

The first and most important re-user of your data is you. Even if you believe that your data will be of little or no interest to others, storing your data in a secure repository ensures that you are able to retrieve and understand them if you wish to work on them in the future.

It is difficult to predict which data will be interesting or important to you or others in the future. For example, while old ship logbooks and gardener's notebooks may not seem immediately obvious sources of scientific data, they are currently being used by researchers investigating climate change.

For these reasons, you are required to deposit your research data with a responsible repository, whether or not you envisage them being of long-term value to the research community.