The Tropical Data Hub is a collection of systems at JCU for storing and finding research data.
The main parts of the Tropical Data Hub are the Research Data repository (which contains metadata records for datasets held in the TDH) and associated secure data storage systems.
The repository is a self-deposit system. It aims to be an easy-to-use site that allows JCU researchers to create records describing their research data: what it is, why it was created, who contributed to the datasets, where it is stored and how it can be used. This increases their visibility and facilitates sharing and collaboration both within JCU and externally. Research Data also includes a data management planning tool.
The eResearch Centre and Library provide storage and data curation services, including:
Research Data Repository
JCU HDR students and researchers should archive their completed data in the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data repository. This includes:
We can support researchers submitting manuscripts for publication by providing embargoes and private links to data for peer reviewers, if required
JCU researchers may also use the Tropical Data Hub to describe data held in other repositories (such as Dryad and GenBank) and link to these datasets. This increases their visibility and ensures they are harvested by Research Data Australia and the Research Portfolio site
You will need to:
1. Access the researcher dashboard and add a new 'JCU Research Data Record" to describe your data. See the User Guide and/or the tips on writing data descriptions in the Toolkit
2. Upload your data (<100MB) or contact email@example.com for help transferring and storing larger datasets
If you indicate on the ‘Rights’ tab that access is restricted or conditional, attached files will be moved to the private section of the Tropical Data Hub where there is no public access. The data librarian will contact you to discuss. See the controlled access section of the Toolkit to explore the options available.
The repository is publicly accessible and can be found at https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata. Anyone can search or browse for published content but only JCU staff and students can login to the site.
If you forget the URL you can just Google 'Tropical Data Hub' and then click on 'Data' at the top of the screen.
To create or edit a data management plan or data record access the researcher dashboard by clicking on ‘My Research Data’ in the menu bar or go directly to https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/dashboard.
If you're not already logged in, you will need to authenticate using the Australian Access Federation login. Select JCU as your institution and follow the prompts the first time you use the site - so you can login quickly with your usual JCU credentials next time.
You may wish to create your data management plan and/or data record ('JCU Research Record') early in your project and edit a draft over time - you can do this before your data is finalised to help you stay organised.
Help is available within the site - click on the question mark boxes as you fill in the metadata fields.
Access a detailed TDH Research Data User Guide from this link or by clicking 'Help' on the menu bar when you are logged into the site.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
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