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Research Data Management: Share

This guide provides information and links to resources for data management, including data management plans, file organization and storage, and data sharing in repositories.
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019 3:28 PM

Why Share Your Data?

There are many benefits to sharing data. The following list comes from the Research Data Management and Sharing course on Coursera, created by UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Edinburgh:

1. It reinforces open scientific inquiry.
2. It supports the verification and replication of original results.
3. It promotes new research and allows for the testing of new or alternative methods.
4. It encourages collaboration and multiple perspectives.
5. It provides important teaching resources.
6. It reduces costs by avoiding duplicate data collection effort.
7. It protects against faulty or fraudulent data.
8. It enhances the visibility and overall impact of research projects.
9. It preserves data for future use.
10. Helps the broader community and individual researchers “do better research.”

Finding a Data Repository

The UB Institutional Repository accepts submissions from all disciplines.

To find an appropriate repository for your data, try searching r3data.org - the Registry of Research Data Repositories. You can also browse by subject, to find a discipline-specific repository in the Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, or Humanities and Social Sciences.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is the leading repository for social science data. ICPSR staff can assist in preparing your data for archiving and sharing. See their guide to social science data preparation and archiving.

Repositories at UB