Why should I publish my research data?
- Publishing research data facilitates data reuse across and within disciplines. Some published data are open for sharing and reuse without restriction (e.g., under Creative Commons or another open data license); in other cases, it may be appropriate to impose restrictions on sharing and reuse.
- Funders and journals increasingly require that data be published in a trustworthy repository as part of a well-developed data management plan (see Tri-Agency RDM Policy).
- Publishing your data is also a good way to ensure they remain accessible beyond the life of the study for which they were collected. The ability to find and re-use data is increasingly important for verifying published research findings and supporting new research. Visit here for more information on Research Data Management.
Where can I publish my research data?
Data repositories can be categorized broadly as:
- Domain-specific (disciplinary)
- Not usually open to academic researchers (open data, etc…)
All repositories should follow the FAIR principle: https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/
How do I decide which repository to use?
Data Services recommends the Carleton University Dataverse which is a free repository for smaller datasets (>3Gb) that allows collaboration, version control, and accepts all data types. We offer support for uploading and curating your data and it will be widely discoverable on DataCite, Google Data Search, FRDR, and more. You will be provided with a DOI and the service ensures security and preservation. The Scholar's Portal Dataverse FAQ may help to inform your decision as to whether or not Dataverse is for you!
If you have larger datasets, then the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) may be right for you. This repository also mints DOIs, is widely discoverable, and ensures preservation and security.
If you require a lot of space, to share your data with collaborators within the Carleton community and no DOI, then Carleton University ShareFile may be right for you.
Resources to help you choose a repository:
Document:Repository Decision Chart.pdf (260.77 KB)
- How to select a repository: https://www.openaire.eu/opendatapilot-repository-guide
- Generalist repository comparison chart
Other generalist repositories:
- Re3data.org: a comprehensive listing of disciplinary and institutional repositories to host and share research data. Use the Repository Finder tool to do a more focused search for an appropriate repository
- Zenodo: international OpenAIRE repository hosted by CERN
- ICPSR: a large and international archive of social science data. The library's subscription to ICPSR gives us free access to depositing at OpenICPSR
- Figshare or Dryad: popular multi-disciplinary repositories
- OSF: Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source project management repository that supports researchers across their entire project lifecycle