Data Sharing & Publication
Sharing your data
Sharing data is not just a nice thing to do, it also benefits fellow researchers, encourages a robust scientific ecosystem, and improves information access in our society. Shared data can be re-used in future research, replicated to ensure validity, and is accessible to the public. Most federal funding agencies now require grantees to have a plan for sharing data and many publishers require data to be shared at the publication stage. This is so shared data can be re-used in future research, replicated to ensure validity, and be accessible to the public.
Procedures for sharing data should be covered in the Data Management Plan (DMP) submitted with the grant application. This should include where data will be deposited for sharing and outline any necessary costs to curating and preparing the data.
NSF: If you received an award based on a proposal submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016, you are required to include a data sharing plan in your DMP.
NIH: If your award is $500,000 or more for direct costs, you are expected to address data sharing in your DMP.
The following resources and tools can help you share, publish, cite and preserve your research data.
Places to share and preserve your data
To make your data more accessible, you can deposit it in a general or discipline-specific repository. Temple is also launching an institutional repository: TUScholarShare.
Shared data can be cited and reused, thus strengthening the research community. DOIs (digital object identifiers) created by publishers and repositories make citing and linking to data easy.
Preserving your data is an important step in the research process, and following good data management practices throughout the research process will make it easy to preserve your data, methods, and analysis. Depositing your data in a repository is one step in preserving your data, but you should also try to follow good practices and deposit additional copies of your data in repositories in different geographic locations. For any physical specimens and materials, contact your department for help in finding appropriate places to deposit them.
Selected data repositories
Check out our guide to data repositories
Selected data sharing policies
Email the research data services team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will consult with you or connect you to the right person, resource or service on campus.