History of the SDS Service

The Sustainable Digital Scholarship (SDS) service was launched in February 2021, with the aim to help researchers at the University of Oxford safeguard the digital legacy of their research, by providing advice and guidance on digital sustainability, and by offering a long-term solution for the storage, publication, and sustain research data through the service’s SDS platform - an online, open-access repository. 

The SDS platform has proven to be a welcome addition to the digital research data ecosystem at Oxford, offering, for the first time, a home for ‘warm’ research data, complementing the University’s existing ‘Hot’ data and ‘Cold’ data storage solutions, such as SharePoint and ORA-Data. The SDS service works closely with colleagues and partners across the University, including Research Data Oxford, the Bodleian Libraries, and IT Services, to ensure that it can help its users find the right solution to meet the needs of their projects and get the best out of the data storage technologies currently available at Oxford.  

There has been an extraordinary response to the SDS service since its launch and demand for SDS support continues to grow.  As shown in the timeline below, while initially focused on supporting researchers based within the Humanities Division, the SDS service rapidly expanded and now offers support more widely to researchers and projects based across the University.


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