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Why would I share my data? I worked hard to create it!

Benefits of sharing data

Sharing data is of benefit to the wider research community, can help to expedite research and provide further impact and citation of research publications.  Sharing data allows the research to be verified, replicated and extended and can also reduce duplication of similar research.

The study cited below provides one example of how publically available data has increased citation impact.  

"The 48% of trials with publicly available microarray data received 85% of the aggregate citations. Publicly available data was significantly (p = 0.006) associated with a 69% increase in citations, independently of journal impact factor, date of publication, and author country of origin using linear regression."

Source : Piwowar HA, Day RS, Fridsma DB (2007) Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate. PLoS ONE 2(3): e308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000308

Sharing data does not necessarily mean making data openly and publicly available although this is something that many researchers choose to do, and/or may also be a funding requirement. When choosing to share data, researchers have the ability to determine access conditions and to set a desired level of access to their datasets.

Options include:

Controlled/mediated access

  • A researcher may choose to remain the gatekeeper and all requests to access the data may be directed to a nominated contact, for example the Chief Investigator, or a Data Manager.
  • Access methods may include sending the data directly to the requesting researcher or providing a login to download the data from a secure site.

Restricted access

  • Restrictions may be necessary in order to protect sensitive data eg. confidential information. Access to the data may be restricted to researchers within a specific discipline and there may be strict protocols to observe when working with the data.

Open access

  • Open access to data generally means that the data is published and freely available in the public domain.

Attribution: The content on this page is from the University of Newcastle Libguides on Data Management Planning. It is used with permission.