Virginia Tech’s Data Repository (VTechData) is a platform for openly publishing datasets or other research products created by Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.
The purpose of VTechData is to highlight, preserve, and provide access to research products (e.g. datasets) of the Virginia Tech community, and in doing so help to disseminate the intellectual output of the university in its land-grant mission. VTechData and Virginia Tech serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world’s community through the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
Data and associated materials will be accepted for deposit in any language and in a variety of forms and formats. Through the deposit process, Depositors are encouraged to provide adequate documentation to ensure usability and accessibility, and should include discipline-specific documentation in a separate file, where appropriate.
Currently VTechData can accommodate data uploads of up to 2GB per upload and up to 100 separate files. Due to these technical restrictions, VTechData may not accommodate all researcher needs with respect to publishing all their research data (e.g. both raw and final when data sizes are many GBs to TBs). However, VTechData is well suited for publishing research data underlying peer-reviewed publications.
In Depositing or Publishing their data on VTechData, researchers should read the relevant Agreements on the VTechData Policies Page and can consult the User Guide as needed. Certain requirements exist for Publication of a Deposited dataset such that the dataset receives a DOI (digital object identifier).
VTechData staff can provide assistance with deposit, publication and documentation. Consult the Curation Services page for more information and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The intent of VTechData is to make data and other research products openly available to the general public; however, we recognize that certain research situations necessitate restricting access to content for a certain period of time. This content can be deposited in VTechData with the expectation that it will be made openly accessible to the general public (e.g. Published) in the near future. See the VTechData Visibility Options for Deposited Data page for more information about restricting access to deposited data.
Restricted access objects on VTechData will be discoverable but not accessible. Do not deposit data in VTechData that violate law, ethics or institutional policy; while we make every effort to maintain the privacy of restricted data, any server can be vulnerable. Examples of such data are enumerated in the VTechData Deposit Agreement under #3.
VTechData Users are expected to abide by Virginia Tech’s Policy 7000: Acceptable Use and Administration of Computer and Communication Systems and other University policies where they are applicable.
VTechData Users, in downloading or using data, agree that they
- Will not make any use of data to identify or otherwise infringe the privacy or confidentiality rights of individuals discovered inadvertently or intentionally in the data.
- Will not use the data for any illegal or unethical purposes.
- Will give appropriate attribution to the Publisher(s) and/or Depositor(s) of the data in any publication that employs data provided through VTechData.
Data are offered with no warranty or claim of fitness for any purpose. In no event shall the VTechData Administrators, the University Libraries, or Virginia Tech be liable for any impacts arising from use of VTechData, or download and/or use of data provided through VTechData.
In most cases the VTechData Administrators will not be able to provide technical support in use of data provided through VTechData. VTechData Users will need to contact the Depositor and/or Publisher of the data for this support.