After project end
During your research you have invested much in obtaining your research data. After the research project has finished, you can take different steps to make sure that the research data will continue to remain accessible in the long term, both to yourself and others.
If your research project is finished, you must decide which data you wish to store for a longer period and how. By depositing the data in a data archive (data repository), you protect your data files against loss, damage, unauthorised access and digital obsolescence. Archiving research data can go hand in hand with their publication.
Research data are a form of research result and may, just like books and articles, be published. A growing number of publishers ask authors to make the data on which the article is based accessible to others. Most research funders expect you to make your data available for reuse for further scientific research.