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Traditionally publishing the results of your research in a journal article or book was the main way to share the findings of your research. However, it is increasingly best practice, and often required by research funders, for researchers to publish the final set of data that underpins the findings of their research. This page will give you some brief guidance on what to consider when publishing your data - the ideal time to consider these questions is when writing a Data Management Plan in the preparatory stage of a research project. If you would like further guidance on publishing your data please contact Scholarly Communications: email@example.com
Below are some questions from the Digital Curation Centre (2013) for you to consider about publishing your data. If you would like advice on how to answer these questions when writing your Data Management Plan please contact Scholarly Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Curation Centre (2013) Checklist for a Data Management Plan. v.4.0. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/data-management-plans (Accessed: 28 September 2017)
For other researchers to correctly interpret and effectively reuse your data you will need to provide information about it - this is called metadata. Ideally the metadata will be recorded in a standardised format (e.g. Dublin Core) that is easily understood and communicated. However, it may sometimes be necessary to create a 'readme' file to provide this information to potential users of your research data. Below is some advice on writing a good quality 'readme' file. If you would like advice on creating metadata or a 'readme' file please contact Scholarly Communications: email@example.com.
Research Data Management Group (no date) Guide to writing "readme" style metadata. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University. Available: https://data.research.cornell.edu/content/readme (Accessed 28 September 2017). Published with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
The best place to deposit your data is in a trustworthy repository where the researchers in your field or discipline are most likely to find it.
You can use Oxford Brookes' institutional repository RADAR to publish your data. The intention of RADAR is to freely share your data with other researchers and the general public - if you would like to archive your data, i.e. store it for the long term, please consider using the Arkivum service offered by IT Services. Some of the benefits of publishing your data through RADAR include the following:
If you have any questions about using RADAR to share your research data please contact Scholarly Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also choose to deposit your research data in a subject-specific national or international data service or domain repository - this is a good option to choose if you know of a repository that is commonly used by researchers in your discipline. If you choose this option please consider the following questions first:
If you have any questions about choosing a repository for your data please contact Scholarly Communications: email@example.com