- 1 Know the benefits of data sharing and any requirements for it
- 2 Target your research community and use a reliable and supported system for data sharing
- 3 Assign permanent identifiers to data
- 4 Share data selectively
- 5 Share data within ethical and legal requirements
- 6 Share data through open access
- 7 Try online collaboration services to share data within your research team
Potential benefits of data sharing
… to help colleagues find, obtain, and use your data
Based on Vision et al. (2011)
One option is a DOI
Find a file by its DOI
DOIs are more stable links to your file
Share the best version of your data or files. Consider whether preliminary analyses or drafts will be necessary or helpful.
Be cautious of sharing confidential, private, personal, or proprietary information.
When data is open access, they are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for other researchers.
This sense of openness may encourage data re-use and improve the citations to your work and the research impact (Piwowar et al., 2007).
To share your data through open access:
There are online services that let you upload research materials so that they are viewable in a web browser. You can then create accounts for your team members so they can make changes to these files collaboratively.
Sample online collaboration services