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COVID-19 Rapid Response Data Sharing and Deposit Support

This resource is developed primarily to support uOttawa affiliated researchers with COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding. These resources are evolving, this page will be updated as new guidelines are made available.

COVID-19 Data sharing and deposit support

How do I stay informed?

To follow developments in the Canadian funding space see:

What agencies have allocated rapid response funding to pandemic-related research?

Major funding agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Genome Canada (GC) have offered rapid response funding to researchers working across disciplines to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges.

These funding opportunities require data sharing according to the Joint statement on sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (nCoV)

How do I conform to these funder requirements for data sharing and deposit?

Principle as written in the Joint statement

Locally supported action to fulfill requirement

All peer-reviewed research publications relevant to the outbreak are made immediately open access, or freely available at least for the duration of the outbreak.

Publish with an Open Access journal

Self-archive a pre-print, post-print, or final version in uOResearch

Financial support for OA publishing

Research findings are made available via preprint servers before journal publication, or via platforms that make papers openly accessible before peer review, with clear statements regarding the availability of underlying data.

Use the Open COVID License

Contact Copyright Officer for guidance on licencing options for data sharing

Cite your data:

Publish with an Open Access journal

Self-archive a pre-print , post-print, or final version of article in uOResearch

Researchers share interim and final research data relating to the outbreak, together with protocols and standards used to collect the data, as rapidly and widely as possible - including with public health and research communities and the WHO.

Consult the Can I Share My Data? guide to help identify situations where human participant data would need to be anonymized or de-identified before being deposited into a repository.

The de-identification guidance is intended to help researchers minimize disclosure risk when sharing data collected from human participants.

Deposit your data and supporting documentation in a recognized repository

Ensure you have the documentation and supporting materials required for deposit.

What are some recommended repositories where I can share and deposit my research?

  • COVID-19 Zenodo community
    OpenAIRE and Zenodo created a specific Community to collect all research results that could be relevant for the scientific community worldwide working on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and SARS-CoV-2: Coronavirus Disease Research Community - COVID-19.  Although Open Access records are recommended, also closed and restricted access material are accepted. All types of research outputs can be included in this Community (Publication, Poster, Presentation, Dataset, Image, Video/Audio, Software, Lesson, Other). The curation team is reachable through the following email address for further clarification or information: [email protected]

How to share your data and software on Zenodo | Guides for OpenAIRE services - Zenodo

  • Open Science Framework (OSF)
    OSF is maintained and developed by the Center for Open Science (COS). It is widely adopted by researchers practicing open science and data sharing at uOttawa and beyond. OSF is a good choice for interim data sharing but is not built for long-term data preservation. Guidance for Open Access publishing and data deposit in OSF is available from the OHRI Centre for Journalology.

How to upload files in OSF | Getting started with OSF

  • uOttawa Dataverse and the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) are national repository options where you can publish your datasets, regardless of file type or format; describe datasets using metadata fields appropriate for your discipline; immediately obtain a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for publishing and citing data; set the licensing terms specifying how your datasets may be used; and benefit from secure, Canadian-based repository storage.

How do I deposit in the uOttawa Dataverse? (PDF, 408 KB) | How do I deposit in FRDR?

Consult the Recommended Repositories for COVID-19 Research Data for additional repositories that will provide immediate and long-term access to their COVID-19 data.


  • Portage COVID-19 Working Group, Jane Fry, Chantal Ripp, Felicity Tayler, Minglu Wang, Kristi Thompson, … Melanie Parlette-Stewart. (2020, September 21). Guide to COVID-19 Rapid Response Data Sharing and Deposit for Canadian Researchers (Version 2). Zenodo.
  • RDA COVID-19 Working Group. recommendations and guidelines. Research Data Alliance, 2020. DOI:
  • FAQ: COVID-19 Rapid Response Data Sharing and Deposit Supportversion 1.1, April 2020,
    Felicity Tayler and Chantal Ripp, uOttawa, Licensed for reuse CC-BY, DOI :

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