The best way to preserve your data, and something that is now required by a lot of funding agencies, is to deposit your data into a repository. Some funders, like the NIH, operate discipline-specific repositories, and some publishers require that data is publicly available prior to acceptance and publication. You can find information and a list of repositories here: https://guides.temple.edu/data-stats/datarepositories
We are excited to announce the launch of our new institutional repository, TUScholarShare. TUScholarShare is a service to support the needs of the Temple University community around sharing, promoting, and archiving the wide range of scholarly works created in the course of research and teaching, including research data. To learn more or to deposit your work, visit: https://library.temple.edu/categories/tuscholarshare. You can find the data deposit link here.
When selecting file formats for archiving, the formats should ideally be:
Non-proprietary: .docx, .xlsx, and other file formats used by Microsoft Word are proprietary and non-preferred for this reason
Converting files to new formats
When stating what format you'll be using: