Share and Discover

Why should you share your data?

Making your data available is now a requirement from most funders (federal and public) and publishers. Benefits of sharing your data include:

  • Furthering scientific inquiry
  • Transparency and reproducibility
  • Improving your scholarly impact
  • Safeguarding your data

Share working data:

Version control software can help you keep track of changes made to the data. These tools also facilitate transparent research, reproducibility, and documentation (see Data Management Research Guide).

Some example of version control systems that allow for data sharing include:

Public access policies:

In 2013 the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memorandum stating that Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

Select overviews of federal public access policies:

Repositories for sharing and finding:

Repositories are libraries/warehouses of research datasets often centered around a specific discipline. They allow for the preservation, storage, and discoverability of published data.

Things to consider when selecting a data repository:

  • What is the required/desired level of access?
  • Where will your data live?
  • Does your discipline have a data repository?
  • Does your funder require the use of a particular repository?
  • Is there HIPPA or privacy restrictions?

Find a repository to meet your needs:

Improving access and impact of your data:

Assigning a doi(digital object identifier) and making your data available under a creative commons license will improve the visibility and impact of your data as it will increase discoverability and access to a wider audience.

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