ReDATA Policies

Policies for Depositors

The use of ReDATA to upload, store, curate, and publish research datasets and software is governed by the UA Research Data Repository Policies document. 

Restrictions on Data Deposits 

You may deposit any kind of research output into ReDATA except for:

  • Sensitive, restricted, or legally protected data including but not limited to HIPAA, FERPA, PII, ITAR, CUI, etc. Our sensitive data flyer contains more information on what types of data can and cannot be published.
  • Deposits consisting solely of standalone manuscripts (e.g., journal articles, theses/dissertations, reports). These should go in the UA Campus Repository
  • Copyrighted materials where you have not obtained permission to distribute said materials. These may include licensed datasets, copyrighted software (and dependencies), copies of journal articles that are not permissively licensed (e.g., via Creative Commons licenses), etc.

You may deposit human subjects data as long as:

  • All human subjects data have been de-identified
  • Consent has been obtained for making this data publicly available or for use in future research
  • The above conditions apply even if the human subjects research has been deemed "exempt" by the IRB.

The UA Research Data Repository Policies document contains sample language for IRB purposes under the "De-identified Data Associated With Human Subjects Research" section. After submitting the deposit, the corresponding author (or the authorized depositor) will be asked to confirm adherence to these exceptions and restrictions through the Deposit Agreement.

Data related to indigenous knowledge, cultures, or lands must be accompanied with permission from the appropriate tribal authorities.


When you first log in, a fixed storage quota is assigned to you based on your status (student or faculty/staff; refer to the policies document). If you need more storage beyond your initial allocation, please submit a request either within ReDATA or by contacting us. All requests must be accompanied by a justification and requests larger than 500 GB require a meeting with ReDATA staff.

Statement on Curatorial Reviews

All datasets will undergo curatorial review by ReDATA staff. The purpose of the review is to increase the usability of the dataset and to help depositors adhere with legal obligations and to address any ethical concerns. For these reasons, it is not possible for depositors to opt out of reviews.

The review may include (but is not limited to) the following: 

  • Checking for sensitive & restricted data
  • Helping depositors be in compliance with university policies when sharing de-identified human subjects data, animal research, and indigenous knowledge.
  • Building a standardized readme file on behalf of the depositor
  • Ensuring that files referenced in the data and documentation are accounted for
  • Opening files to ensure they can be read
  • Formatting and copy editing of text in the metadata (title, description, etc.)
  • Adding links to associated publications/materials
  • Examining tabular datasets for adherence to best practices
  • Unpackaging/re-packaging of materials when appropriate
  • Virus check

Community Policy Supplement 

The UA Research Data Repository Community Policy is a supplement to the UA Research Data Repository Policies document. It outlines community norms and expectations for specific use-cases such as custom portals, metadata-only records, linked records, and the use of ReDATA by affiliated organizations/groups such as inter-institutional collaborative research where there is significant UA involvement. 

General Terms & Conditions for All Users

Use of ReDATA is governed by the