Data Management

The basics of data management and Resources for researchers

Library Research Guide

Why Share your Data?

There are several reasons to share your data:

  • To further science as a whole
  • To further your own research
  • To enable new discoveries by other researchers using your data
  • To comply with funder and/or publisher requirements

Advantages of Using a Repository

Repositories have some real advantages, especially when considering NSF requirements.  Repositories can:

  • Provide a metadata structure for you to fill in.
  • Publish the data for you by giving your dataset a unique identifier (like a DOI).
  • Serve as a way to backup your data and preserve it for the future.
  • Make data sharing easier.
  • Allow others to cite your research more often.
  • Provide computational tools to assist people with using your data.

Domain - Specific Repositories

A domain-specific repository has some advantages too, including:

  • Your data will stored with similar datasets - it's a one stop shopping place
  • Researchers will find your data easily - they are there specifically to find data in your field
  • The repository will understand what your data needs in terms of storage, archiving and preservation - they are data specialists
  • Computational tools may be developed to crunch a critical mass of data of a certain kind