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Research Data Services

Depositing your data

One the most important issues to consider is the data disclosure risks, the identities of research participants.

Some of the things you can do to protect confidentiality of individuals and organizations:

  1. Detailed review of all datasets to assess disclosure risk
  2. Modifying data, if necessary, to protect respondents' confidentiality
  3. Limiting access to datasets for which modifying the data would substantially limit utility or the risk of disclosure remains unacceptably high

There are two types of identifiers often found in social sciences that present problems that could endanger research subjects' confidentiality:

  1. Direct identifiers:
  1. Names
  2. Addresses, including ZIP and other postal codes
  3. Telephone numbers, including area codes
  4. Social Security numbers
  5. Other linkable numbers such as driver's license numbers, certification numbers, etc.
  1. Indirect identifiers:
  1. Detailed geographic information (e.g., state, county, province, or census tract of residence)
  2. Organizations to which the respondent belongs
  3. Educational institutions (from which the respondent graduated and year of graduation)
  4. Detailed occupational titles
  5. Place where respondent grew up
  6. Exact dates of events (birth, death, marriage, divorce)
  7. Detailed income
  8. Offices or posts held by respondent 

Credits: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

TWU data repository is hosted by Texas Digital Library, a consortium of academic libraries in Texas.  Please follow the step-by-step process of depositing your data in TWU data repository.

  1. Go to to access your account: 
  2. Click “Log in” in the navigation on the top right.
  3. Select your institution from the drop-down menu of participating member institutions.
  4. Log in using your institutional credentials.
  5. If you are NOT from a participating Texas Data Repository institution:
  6. Enter your username/email and password in the “Dataverse Account” of the login page.
  7. Use the drop down to select “ My Data” and click ” Texas Woman's University Dataverse” and “ Add Data”
  8. Describe your data with some basic information:
  9. Author(s) (required)
  10. ORCID (optional)
  11. Title (required)
  12. Department (required)
  13. Date of Publication (required)
  14. DOI or URL (optional)
  15. Type (required)
  16. Language (required)
  17. Keywords (optional)
  18. Abstract/Description (optional) 

You can also submit your data to the Data Services Librarian: