Friday, 30 December 2016

Where to share data? | Research Data Management

Where to share data?

There are many ways to share data. Many
people share with selected individuals via email or private messages.
Though there is greater control over who you want to share your data
with, it certainly involves more time and effort on your part for each
Sharing could also be done via open
access platforms such as institutional or discipline specific research
data repositories (though some may include access restriction options)
or via publications. You would not need to spend time and effort to
attend to data requests as anyone with Internet access would be able to
find and download your data via these platforms or publications. More
funding agencies are requiring open access sharing with minimal
restriction. This promotes open data sharing (see ‘Why share data?‘) and increases your chances of being cited for your relevant publications too.

Data publishing

When you make your research data publicly accessible via Internet, it is a form of data publishing. Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) defined data
publishing as “the act of making data available on the Internet, so
that they can be accessed, downloaded, analysed and reused by anyone for
research or other purposes.”
publishing has become a common and a growing trend in many research
disciplines today. Reasons for this vary. For example, to get data
citation, to manage and preserve data for long-term, etc. 
However, data sharing policies enacted by funding agencies (e.g. NIH, Wellcome Trust) and some publishers such as PLOS and Nature is believed to be the main push factor. 
There are
many ways and places to publish research data, e.g. in a data journal or
through a subject specific data repository. As such, when depositing
your research data, consider those that can store your research data
properly over time and one that is able to meet the requirements of your
institution, the funding agency and publishers.

Data repositories

It is recommended that you deposit the
final research data in your institution or in a recognised open access
data repository in your research field. Here are some examples of
subject specific data repositories which you can consider:

Biological and Life Sciences


Social Sciences

General data repositories

Data repository registries 
There are
some registries of data repositories available on the internet. You may
visit some of these Registries to find the most suitable data
repositories that suit your need and discipline, e.g.

NTU Research Data Repository

Libraries is currently developing the NTU Data Repository. NTU
researchers who have produced research data associated with an existing
or forthcoming publication, or which has potential use for other
researchers, would be invited to upload their dataset for sharing and
safekeeping on this online platform. A persistent identifier and
suggested citation will be provided.
Should you
need to share data before the NTU Data Repository is ready, you could
consider sharing it in an external open access data repository. You will
need to indicate the name and URL of the repository in your DMP.
For more information, please contact us

Data journals

There are now several data journals that specialize in publishing data.
These data
journals not only serve as a platform to exhibit datasets publicly and
widely, but also enable the researchers to share their research data
outputs with everyone around world more easily.
Examples of data journals:

Video: Scientific Data

An animation video that introduces Scientific Data, an open access, online only publication for descriptions of datasets published by Nature.
(Source: Nature Video)

Further readings:

Where to share data? | Research Data Management

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