Sharing data can be as simple as sending a file to a colleague. There are other ways to make your data available, and while they may require more work up front, they can increase access to (and citation of) research data.

Why share your data?

  • To fulfill funder requirements. NIH, NSF, and may other research funding sources expect researchers to publish and preserve access to their data.
  • Some journals and societies require data publishing and preservation, i.e., PLOS, Nature, Dryad partner journals, to name a few.
  • To increase the impact of your research. Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate (PLoS ONE).
  • To address questions about reproducibility
  • To speed the rate of discoveries in your discipline.
  • To establish priority and a public record.

How to share your data

  • Look for a repository that is best suited for your field and satisfies any funder requirements.
  • Publish your data to repositories, such as IRO, Data.gov and others.

Would you like to learn more about sharing and publishing data? Request a workshop on Data Sharing and Publication here.

For assistance with publishing your data, pleas contact us at lib-data.uiowa.edu.