University of Utah Research Data Repository


The Hive is a component of a suite of services provided by the J. Willard Marriott Library designed to broadly disseminate the intellectual contributions in research, teaching and creativity made by the University of Utah community and to ensure its longevity. Here you will find information on preparing, uploading and depositing your data.

The Hive is a publicly-accessible repository for research data generated by University of Utah researchers, students, and staff.

Greater visibility of your research ? By publishing your data in The Hive, others can use and cite your data in the same way they would cite your publications.

Meet funding agency and journal requirements ? many funding agencies (like the National Science Foundation) and journals (like Nature and PLOS) require researchers to share their data. Include The Hive into your data management plan (DMP) to make your grant application more competitive!

Get credit for your work - Every dataset deposited to the Hive gets a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and suggested data citation, making it easier for others to use and cite your data or to link your data to your publications.

Fulfill University requirements ? the University of Utah requires researchers to preserve their data for at least three years after the end of a project. The Hive will make sure your data is safely archived for a minimum of ten years.

Local Assistance ? University of Utah data librarians can meet with you to prepare your data for deposit into The Hive. Contact us to set up a consultation.

It?s Free ? there is no charge to deposit data into The Hive in most cases.

The Hive accepts research datasets from all disciplines created by at least one University of Utah student, faculty, or staff member. The Hive also accepts any files necessary to understand and interpret the research data like README files, protocols, codebooks, surveys, etc. The Hive is not the appropriate repository for publications, monographs, or non-data related forms of scholarship though we encourage you to link your data in The Hive to related publications!

  • Work with a research data librarian to determine if The Hive is the best place to store and share your data.
  • Prepare your data for archiving.
  • Go to to upload your data files and metadata (descriptive information about your data that others can use to find and understand your data).
  • Work with a research data librarian to ensure that your data submission is complete.
Possibly. There are several options for archiving data that will help you fulfill grant mandates and publish your data. One option is to find an appropriate subject-based repository to share your data. A data librarian can help you determine if such a repository exists in your field and if it will meet your needs. If we are unable to find a subject-based repository for your data, an institutional repository, such as The Hive, is likely the right place to store your data.

The Hive is an open access repository and does not accept private datasets. When you upload data to The Hive, you have the option of placing a one-year embargo on your data to keep it private until you have published the results of your research. All data submitted to The Hive must be openly available within one year and shared under a Creative Commons license.

For ?dark archive? options, talk to a Research Data Management Librarian. We may be able to help you locate private storage for your data.

Yes, we accept data that is collected as part of multi-institution collaborations as long as at least one P.I. is from the University of Utah. Speak with a Research Data Management Librarian about providing access to The Hive to your collaborators.
No, The Hive is a publicly accessible repository and cannot accept sensitive or private research data.
Yes! One of the benefits of using The Hive is that we can help you fulfill funding agency and journal requirements to share your data. Over 30 federal agencies and many private funding agencies require researchers to share their data. Including The Hive in your Data Management Plan (DMP) will strengthen your proposal and make you more competitive for funding.
Yes! We offer personalized assistance for creating Data Management Plans and provide language that you can use for the ?archiving and preservation? portion of your DMP. Contact us for assistance during your planning process.
Yes, The Hive uses Creative Commons licenses to facilitate sharing and reuse of research data. It?s important that data have clear rights attached to it so future users know what they can and can?t do with data they find in The Hive. Our default license is a Creative Commons license that requires future users to give attribution to the data creator and does not allow the data to be used for commercial purposes (?Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International? License or CC BY-NC 4.0), but you may choose from a limited amount of other Creative Commons licenses that might better suit your needs. Talk to us about what CC license is right for you!
The Hive does not own your data and you are free to withdraw your data at any time.
Yes! Linking your data to your publications is a great way to increase the value of your research, make your work more transparent, and even boost citations to your publications (Dorch 2012, Piwowar 2007, Piwowar 2013, Henneken 2011).

Visit our Research Data Management Services or contact one of your University of Utah Research Data Management Librarians!