Sharing data

Sharing data is an integral part of the scholarly communication process. Historically, data were included directly within published papers, but as datasets became larger this became impractical in many disciplines. Now, it is possible to share data in a reliable and trustworthy fashion through dedicated research data archives.

Having archived your data, there are several reasons why you should consider sharing them with others:

The system of sharing data through archives provides a lot of flexibility, so it is no longer the case that data must either be completely public or completely private:

Your ability to share data is affected by choices you make early in your project, so it is important that you bear this in mind when planning your data management and gathering your data.