Publishing Data in the Texas Data Repository

Planet Texas 2050 researchers are encouraged to publish data using the Texas Data Repository. The Texas Data Repository (TDR) is an online data publication and preservation platform that provides access to the products of research at the University of Texas.

Texas Data Repository Features

  • Discipline-agnostic: Publish your digital data in any file type, from any field of research.
  • Accessible: Provide online access to download data with descriptive metadata, while designating your terms of use.
  • Organized: Build collections of datasets, each with its own webpage. Start collections for yourself, your projects, your team, or your lab. Each collection is called a “dataverse.”
  • Citable: Your datasets receive DOIs linking directly to them, and auto-generated citations in several formats.
  • Trackable: Update evolving datasets with version tracking, and get usage metrics for your datasets.
  • Findable: Your published datasets show up in search engine results.
  • Researcher controlled: Manage your publication workflows with user and group permissions, and choose how you describe and distribute your data.
  • Libraries stewarded: Your published datasets will be accessible online for at least 10 years, with additional backend data preservation options for the long-term.

Instructions for Planet Texas 2050 Researchers

Publish data produced during your Planet Texas 2050 research project within the Planet Texas 2050 collection.

  1. Create a TDR account
    Once you log in for the first time, your user account will be created automatically.
    • Visit the Texas Data Repository Log In page.
    • Select “University of Texas at Austin” from the “Your Institution” drop-down menu.
    • Click “Continue” and use your UT EID credentials to log in.
  2. Request access to the Planet Texas 2050 collection
    Please email us with your UT EID.
  3. Publish your data
    You will receive access to the Planet Texas 2050 collection with instructions for uploading, describing, and publishing your data.

Data Publication Guidelines

Size limitations for data published through the Texas Data Repository are:

  • Individual file uploads up to 4 GB.
  • Datasets up to 10 GB (can include multiple files).

Since uploading a large number of files may be time-consuming through the web interface, a command-line bulk upload tool is also available for the Texas Data Repository. To find out more, visit the DVUploader documentation and contact us for help setting up a publication workflow.

Larger Data Publication

The Planet Texas 2050 Digital Object Lifecycle (DOLCe) project is making technical improvements to expand the TDR’s larger data publication capabilities. We are looking for pilot users from the PT2050 research community seeking to publish datasets beyond the current size limits. If you would like to publish larger data files or datasets, please contact us.

Technical Details and Future Work

The Texas Data Repository is a consortial data repository hosted by the Texas Digital Library and is locally managed by the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. It is built on the open source Dataverse research data repository software.

Detailed documentation about the Texas Data Repository is available at the Texas Digital Library Wiki.

The Digital Object Lifecycle project

As part of Planet Texas 2050, the DOLCe project is working to improve data publication in the Texas Data Repository for PT2050 researchers.

Current work focuses on integrating the TDR Dataverse software with Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) storage systems. Corral will serve as a Trusted Remote Storage Agent (TRSA) for the TDR. In this way, DOLCe is developing new capabilities for Planet Texas 2050 researchers to publish larger data. Our goal is to later expand access to other TDR users and develop a Texas Digital Library service for all TDR member institutions.

With future funding, we will also connect the PT2050 DataX portal directly with the Texas Data Repository, this will allow researchers to publish data directly from within the portal interface, without logging into the Texas Data Repository and uploading data separately.