Sharing data

Publishing data includes at least one of the following:

  • sharing information about research datasets with Research Data Australia or discipline-specific portals
  • making the collections available to other researchers, either on an individual basis or through a formal publication process.

Why should I share my data?

Data that is indexed and accessible for reuse:

  • encourages scientific enquiry and debate
  • promotes innovation and potential new data uses
  • leads to new collaborations between data users and data creators
  • maximises transparency and accountability
  • enables scrutiny of research findings
  • encourages the improvement and validation of research methods
  • reduces the cost of duplicating data collection
  • increases the impact and visibility of research
  • provides credit to the researcher as a research output in its own right
  • provides great resources for education and training.

Publisher and funder mandates

Sometimes, you must publish your data as part of fulfilling your obligations to the entity that funded your research. If this is the case, you will find it helpful to complete a data management plan before you begin collecting or acquiring data.

Sharing your data

When you have your research results, you can deposit your data in a repository. Our Research Librarians can assist with archiving and appropriately licensing your data.

Sensitive data

There are a number of ways that sensitive data can be published. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) website provides useful information on publishing sensitive data.

Access more information on Intellectual Property (IP) and Ethical commitments.

For help with developing your publishing strategy contact the Research Support Team.