Deposit Data

Data from your research can be a valuable and cost-effective resource for other researchers. Sharing your data with other researchers can increase citations of your work. Data sharing may in some cases be part of the data management planning requirements of your research funders.

We will preserve and disseminate your data over the long term to advance research and support funding requirements.

Please note that we are a public good institution, and our aim is to share African research data with the wider academic community. We can share your data online as Open Data, or as data for research use only, or in our Secure Centre to accredited researchers only. We do not accept deposits of data we cannot share beyond project teams.


1. How do I deposit my data with DataFirst?
We are currently developing an online data deposit function for our data platform. Currently to deposit data you will need to contact lynn.woolfrey[at]

2. Does DataFirst charge me to deposit my data with their Data Service?
There is a charge to deposit data with our data service.  Please contact lynn.woolfrey[at] regarding our costing.

3. What type of data can I deposit with DataFirst?
DataFirst accepts administrative records and unit record data from census or survey research

4. What formats should the data be in?
DataFirst accepts data files in all formats, e.g. ASCII, Excel. Preferred formats for data files are ASCII, SAS, Stata, and SPSS. Preferred formats for document files are MS Word or Pdf

5. What should be included with the data files?
Background documentation helps other researchers to understand how to re-use your data. Any documentation pertaining to the research should be deposited with the data files. Documents that should be deposited along with your data include: Administrative forms, questionnaires, code lists, manuals and reports.

6. What else is required from me to deposit my data with DataFirst?
Data Ownership – Depositors should ensure they are the data owners with the rights to deposit data to be shared by DataFirst

7. How will DataFirst make the data available?
All data deposited with us will be available to the research community through a data access model chosen by you as the data owner.

Data access models we use include:

Public Access
These are shown on our site with a green icon. Researchers register on our site and activate their account through an email link. They complete an online data request form for each dataset, and then can immediately download the data files. No human intervention is involved.

Licensed Access
These are shown with an orange icon. Researchers register, complete an online data access form and receive an email with a link to download the data files. These requests are checked by our staff. Requests are dealt with within 24 hours.

Secure Data Service Access (Data Enclave)
These are shown with a dark blue icon. Sensitive datasets are made available to accredited researchers through our Secure Data Service.

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