Why share data? There are many reasons why you might find yourself wanting to know more about open data, and how you can share your own data:
Creating and sharing open data usually entails taking your data and depositing it into a repository where other researchers can download and use your data. While that might sound simple, there are a few other steps to take to make sure your data is as reusable as possible! When you are getting ready to share data, ask yourself the following:
In this LibGuide, we have provided guidance for helping you answer these questions as you are getting ready to share your data! Check out the Documentation tab of the LibGuide on the left side of the screen to learn more about how to describe your data. To think through any security and/or ethical considerations, check out the section "The Ethics of Data Sharing". To find an appropriate repository for your data, check out the section below on "Data Sharing Platforms"! If you have any lingering questions and would like more advice, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to help!
Before sharing your data, it is important to ask yourself several questions to ensure you are ethically putting your data out there!
There are dozens of questions to consider when ensuring you are ethically sharing data. If you want help navigating these questions, contact us at email@example.com!
There is a wide range of licenses that can be used for data. This includes the many Creative Commons Licenses, which range from very open (CCO) to very restrictive (CCBY-NC-ND). Additionally, there are several licenses focused towards software, programs, scripts, and code. These include the MIT License, GNU General Public License GPLv3, and the Apache License 2.0.
When choosing a license, you should consider the type of data that will be licensed, how you want the data to be re-used, what (if any) commercial use you wish to grant, and if you want to receive attribution for your data. Another consideration is whether you want to place your data in the public domain (CCO), which means no restrictions to the user or requirement for attribution. If you'd like more help in navigating which license to use for your data, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
[Thank you to David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant, for providing the text for this section!]
Many of the places where you find data can also serve as data sharing platforms! Check out the resources below for general data repositories:
We can also offer support on finding data repositories for your discipline. Contact us at email@example.com to get started!
The KiltHub Repository is the comprehensive institutional repository and research collaboration platform for research data and scholarly outputs produced by members of Carnegie Mellon University and their collaborators. KiltHub collects, preserves, and provides stable, long-term global open access to a wide range of research data and scholarly outputs created by faculty, staff, and student members of Carnegie Mellon University in the course of their research and teaching.
Users can make all of the products of your research openly available and citable with CMU’s institutional repository. KiltHub meets most funding agency requirements for sharing data in an open, stable data repository. For more information on submitting your work to KiltHub, please contact Katie Behrman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
While KiltHub is an excellent option, there are a variety of other data repositories options available. Many funding agencies, such as NIH, will provide a list of acceptable or recommended repositories.
Example KiltHub language:
Provided by the University Libraries, KiltHub (kilthub.cmu.edu) is the comprehensive institutional repository and research collaboration platform for research data and scholarly outputs produced by members of Carnegie Mellon University and their collaborators. KiltHub complies with funder mandates around making data openly accessible and stored in perpetuity. Built upon the FigShare platform, KiltHub collects, preserves, and provides stable, long-term global open access to a wide range of research data formats. All datasets and scholarly outputs published on KiltHub receive their own DOI, recommended citation, a machine-readable copyright license, are indexed in Google, and are tracked to measure downloads and citations. Carnegie Mellon University Libraries faculty and staff facilitate the deposit and publishing of research data in KiltHub repository, as well as provide support in metadata, data organization, and ensuring that all research products (i.e. datasets, code, stimuli, publications) are linked and discoverable.
Sample Open Datasets in KiltHub: