Data preservation is an activity within archiving that ensures the access to, and use of enduring data sets – this includes making sure data sets can be understood through changes in technology.
(Source: The CASRAI Dictionary. Available at:

How do I select data for preservation?

The following offers guidance on what data should be preserved, 

  • Data that directly supports published research
  • Data that must be shared as outlined by funder requirements
  • Vulnerable data
  • Data with historical significance

Where do I preserve data?

You can use one of the following options to deposit your data: 

  • Dataverse: A repository supported by the University of Toronto Libraries
  • Use this tool to find subject-specific research data repositories that cover different academic disciplines
  • Multidisciplinary data repositories, such as Zenodo or Figshare

More information:

See our Data Repositories page.