Decide on how you want to structure your data. A Dataverse submission should consist of a set of files (up to 4GB per file) that make up a complete dataset that are explicitly labeled. If your submission contains data from multiple, unrelated projects, consider grouping your items into separate submissions.
To facilitate others opening and using your data files in the future, please make sure that your files are in appropriate, open-source formats to assist with long-term preservation. If your data is dependent on proprietary software formats, options for preserving the data long-term may be limited.
Collect any documentation that gives information about what data is included in your data set and how it is structured. Some examples of what to include in your documentation are:
This document should describe what data is included in your dataset and any special instructions for understanding your data files. It should give context to your data and ensure that future users of your data will be able to easily understand what is included.
Ensure that you have the right to share the data
Make sure that you have all necessary rights to deposit the data into Dataverse. If other individuals maintain rights to the data, you must obtain permission from them to deposit your dataset.
Ensure that you have removed any data that could be used to identify subjects of your research. For detailed explanation for what constitutes PII, check here: https://security.vpit.txstate.edu/policies
An open license allows others to use your data for other purposes. You may impose constraints on the data’s future use through the use of an appropriate license. Dataserve offers the option of open licensure under Creative Commons. An explanation of the different Creative Commons licenses that are available can be found at: