About the NACDA - Open Aging Repository

The NACDA - Open Aging Repository (NACDA-OAR) from the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) offers free self-publishing options for gerontological researchers to share their research projects. Data collections published in the NACDA-OAR are immediately distributed as-is for immediate research use. NACDA-OAR services are primarily meant to be a resource for NIA-funded projects, although all aging-related data may use the service.

NACDA-OAR self-publications should include all data, annotated program code, command files, and documentation that are needed to replicate research findings. For general instructions for publishing data, see the NACDA-OAR Deposit Instructions. For best practice in preparing data for sharing, please refer to ICPSR's Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving.

NACDA's Role

NACDA does not alter datasets deposited in NACDA-OAR in any way. Data are distributed in the same condition and format submitted by the depositor.

NACDA-OAR is one of many services provided by the NACDA Program on Aging to archive and promote gerontological research, aging health and a better understanding of the life course. Please contact NACDA at icpsr-nacda@umich.edu with any questions you might have about your data and archiving options.

NACDA staff may review data deposited and published to the NACDA - Open Aging Repository at random. If any issues are found during these random reviews, NACDA will contact depositors to remediate the concerns. In the event any data contain direct identifiers or pose a risk to respondent anonymity, NACDA reserves the right to make the data unavailable.

Confidentiality and Copyright

Researchers publishing data in NACDA-OAR are entirely responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of their research subjects. Self-publishers are also required to affirm that they have the right to publish this material. NACDA-OAR requires written permission for distribution of data, but copyright remains with the author.