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Research Data Management Resources

Why Share Research Data?


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  • Allows data to be audited


  • Data can be reused or recombined in unexpected ways
  • Data can be used to plan new studies
  • New markets for services related to curation, preservation, analysis, visualization



Success stories of how open data has made a difference

9 Simple Ways to Make It Easier to (Re)Use Your Data

This paper "Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your databy Ethan P. White et al. presents 9 recommendations for scientists on how to to make their data understandable, easy to analyze, and readily available:

  1. Share your data
  2. Provide metadata
  3. Provide an unprocessed form of the data
  4. Use standard data formats for files, tables, and within table cells
  5. Use good null values
  6. Make it easy to combine your data with other datasets
  7. Perform basic quality control
  8. Use an established repository
  9. Use an established and liberal license

Citing Data

The Digital Curation Centre published this guide in 2011 that explains how researchers can create links between their publications and the underlying data, so that each can be found from the other.  It also provides advice for repository managers and data archivists wishing to make their data holdings easier to cite.  

Browse the guide online

Why Cite Data?

Just as books and journals are cited in a standard way to acknowledge and identify research sources, data also benefits from citation. According to DataCite, data citation: 

  • enables easy reuse and verification of data
  • allows the impact of data to be tracked
  • creates a scholarly structure that recognises and rewards data producers

Check out DataCite's examples and recommended format for data citation.

Citation Examples

Here are several examples of citation formats used when referencing data:

You can find many other examples, presented by style, at the Dataset Citation site developed by Michigan State University's library.

Helpful Tools

Sharing Clinical Trial Data

The Institute of Medicine has created a dynamic infographic for recommendations on when to share clinical trial data. This inforgraphic is freely available from their website.

IOM infographic