General Information

If you want to know more about depositing your research data in the LU Humanities Lab Archive, please contact the archive manager. You can also find answers to some of the more common questions below.

The archive

We have recently migrated to a new archiving solution. All permanent URLs are preserved (i.e. those starting with '' e.g.

User accounts do not carry over however. Please contact the archive manager to set up a new account. Accessing some data may require special permission by the researcher/custodian.

Some functionality, such as user deposits via the web interface are not yet ready for general use. If you wish to archive with use please fill out a project application if you wish to archive with us.

What kind of data can I store?

The Humanities Lab Archive currently hosts images, audio, video, and various kinds of text data such as word lists, transcriptions, and KML. To ensure that the data is still readable in the future, uncompressed, and preferably open formats should be used when possible. For example, MP3 is not allowed, since it is proprietary format with lossy compression.

Please contact the archive manager for questions regarding formats.

Will my research data have to become publicly available?

No. As a depositor, you have no obligation to make your material accessible to the public. You will make the decision as to who can access what, in accordance with ethical and legal concerns specific to your collection. This may result in sensitive material being permanently unavailable for public access, if their distribution could potentially cause harm or distress to the participants. Since research data may have different levels of sensitivity, even within the same collection, each individual item can be designated an individual access specification. The depositor may also choose to apply other conditions on the access or use of the data at their own discretion. It is the depositor’s responsibility to ensure that they have sought the appropriate permissions from participants and the creators of the materials in deciding on access levels.

What kind of documentation (metadata) will my data need to have?

To archive with the LU Humanities Lab Archive, data need to be documented using the CMDI metadata standard (Component MetaData Infrastructure) - specifically profiles and If unsure how to document your data, a spreadsheet is usually a good starting point (see the Excel template below). Contact the archive manager for options on how to continue. Information such as collection date, content-type (e.g. narratives, conversations, experiment data, songs etc.), language and participants may or may not apply to you data, but those and more can all be indiviudally described and published.

Are the data backed up?

Yes. The Humanities Lab Archive and all its data are hosted and backed up by Lunds Datacentral (LDC).

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