During active research you may need to share your data with colleagues in a collaborative environment. There are many options for this, depending on the complexity of your project.
For the longer term, it’s a good idea to deposit and share your data via a stable, trustworthy repository that comes with a commitment to maintaining datasets and providing long-term, persistent access.
Check with your funding agency to find out if there is a specific policy that spells out a data retention period. For publicly funded research in the US, this is often a minimum of three-years. It is better to aim for even longer, if possible, in case you or someone else need the data later on. Five to ten years is a good rule of thumb.
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