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Traditionally publishing the results of your research in a journal article or book was the main way to sharing 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 with other researchers and, when appropriate and permissible, the general public.
This page will give you some brief guidance on what to consider when publishing your data, and ideally this would be done as part of writing your Data Management Plan at the very start 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/).
Oxford Brookes' institutional repository RADAR is an excellent data service for publishing your data (the intention of RADAR is to communicate your data to the world - 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. 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