Announcing the Texas Data Repository

On behalf of the TDL Dataverse Implementation Working Group, the Texas Digital Library invites you to attend a webinar on October 6th at 10:30am to hear about the launch of the Texas Data Repository, an online platform dedicated to the long-term access and management of research data from TDL member institutions.

Over the last year, the Texas Digital Library and the Dataverse Implementation Working Group have been hard at work developing the Texas Data Repository (TDR). This update will describe the TDR’s current status, preview important dates over the next three months, and highlight several upcoming webinar and training opportunities — all leading up to the official launch of the TDR on December 1, 2016.

During the next three months, the Texas Digital Library will work with member institutions to implement TDR on their campuses. This work will include the completion of a memorandum of understanding between the TDL and the institution (focused on outlining key roles and responsibilities between TDL and the member) as well as local Shibboleth integration with the repository.

In addition to guidance on implementation, TDL and member libraries will also be offering librarians several opportunities for TDR training. On November 15 and 16, 2016 TDL and Baylor University Library will host the TDL Data Symposium, designed to support the development of TDL member librarians who provide (or intend to provide) research data services on their campuses. Each TDL member institution is invited to select two representatives to attend the symposium. Emails were sent to member library Deans and Directors in August with more information on selecting these representatives. For those not able to make the training in November, plans are currently underway to offer a training webinar in December, to coincide with the launch of the TDR. More information on this webinar will be provided at a later date.

As work continues on the TDR, those interested in learning more about the repository and staying up-to-date with its progress are invited to visit its website at Please note that the website will continue to change and evolve through the launch of the repository on December 1, 2016.

TDL looks forward to working with member libraries over the next several months to implement the repository, train member librarians, and develop a robust service that offers numerous benefits for researchers, including compliance with funder mandates and a safe, secure repository for archiving, citing, and making research data accessible. Questions on the implementation process and the status of the TDR can be sent to

The Dataverse Implementation Working Group completed its work on September 1, 2016. A small group of its members are preparing a final report, which will describe the group’s methodology and outputs as well as its recommendations for future governance and data preservation. This report will be released to the public by September 30, 2016.


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