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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 email@example.com!
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Did you know that CMU has its own institutional repository for scholarly works and research data? KiltHub is our 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. Interested in depositing a dataset? Email us at email@example.com, or check out our LibGuide on KiltHub to learn more!
Sample Open Datasets in KiltHub: