Editor's Summary

Since 2011 the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has spearheaded an effort to make research data available through the UCLA Data Registry. The goal is to promote sharing and reuse of research data while developing recommendations for how this goal is best accomplished. A data registry compiles descriptive information about datasets, much like a library catalog. It may be more viable in terms of cost and data management than holding the actual data. UCLA's Data Registry is intended to be multidisciplinary and capture sufficient detail to enable users to identify and find the data they need. Advantages to scholars of registering data with UCLA include wider exposure, satisfying funding requirements and discovering collaboration opportunities. UCLA's Data Registry is envisioned as one tool among a collection of services forming an information infrastructure that links datasets to publications.