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Archiving data with exercise in 10-open #409
GitHub does not offer an archiving or digital preservation service. However, it's important that researchers deposit their data + code in a repository that is responsible for long-term maintenance of the files. Zenodo addresses this issue by offering a simple process to archive GitHub repositories. The GH guide for this process is straightforward and perhaps we could integrate a hands-on exercise into this episode.
I think it's an omission to not mention the archival copy in "How to Find an Appropriate Data Repository?". The option to mint DOIs for GH repos with Zenodo is mentioned in "Can I Also Publish Code?". However, I only recently learned about the preservation copy through a data curation listserv even though I teach this lesson routinely. I think these two sections need to be reworked so that students (and instructors!) understand what GH offers / does not offer for the long term. Framing it only in terms of citation is limiting.