Research data in DiVA

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Research data are digital information (interviews, statistics, questionnaires etc.), gathered for a scientific purpose. By publishing either primary or aggregated research data in DiVA, you ensure compliance with requirements from funding organisations and legal policies, and also makes it available for reuse.

To add research data in DiVA, follow these steps

Select publication type

Create a new data set from scratch

Choose 'Data set' -> Create a new data set

Create a different version of an existing data set

Choose either

  • is a new version of

  • is a previous version of

You can now search for the previous or latter version of your data set.

The 'Copy button'

When you have selected the data set, you can transfer all of the metadata to your new version which can then be edited to fit the new version.

Versioning and relations to other resources/publications in DiVA


Add a version number

Is part of/has parts

  • The publication (data set) is part of other publications registered in DiVA.
  • The publication (data set) extends parts that are already registered in DiVA.

Is referenced by

The publication (data) is cited by other publications in DiVA.

Sub categories and roles

Sub categories

  • aggregated data means processed data
  • primary data is unprocessed data

Roles - collaborators

The roles are present in " DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data".

In DiVA there are three collaborative roles

  • Data collector
    The person responsible for finding, gathering / collecting the data according to the guidelines set up by the creator. Can also be used when someone has acted as interviewer, observer or been responsible for monitoring important instrument data.
  • Data curator
    Person who reviewed, improved and standardized the metadata and any associated data.
  • Data manager
    Person responsible for the maintaining of the completed resource.

Geographical extent

You can add metadata describing the geographical extent of your data.

Upload file

Set file availability

If you choose to make it available at a later date, add your desired date for publishing.

Choose file type


It is desirable that you describe the contents of your file in such a manner that it may be understood and reusable by others.


You can upload several files.

Should your file exceed 1 GB (max 16 GB per file), you need to upload it via URL.


As a final step, you get an overview where you get a chance to review all of your added content before submitting. This final step is the same as for any other publication you might add.

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