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Research Data Management: Publishing your datasets

Introduction to data publishing

Cartoon on why data should be shared











The Open Access publication of data can lead to increased social good, transparency and verification of research. Datasets can be reused for purposes very different to the original research and the combination of multiple existing datasets can provide an efficient starting point for research projects.


Data, Scientific; Astell, Mathias (2017): Benefits of Open Research Data Infographic. figshare. Figure.

Making your datasets openly available can:

  • Enable increased impact of the original research
  • Increase opportunities for future collaborations
  • Avoid duplicate research - enabling funding and resources to go further
  • Provide feedback about your data
  • Allow multiple perspectives on the same dataset
  • Expand the reach and dimensions of your project
  • Help to build a culture of data citation


Some funders and publishers require or encourage sharing:

Where should you publish your dataset?

  • Funders and publishers may stipulate when and where your data should be published.
  • Whether the type of data you've generated is supported by the repository.
  • Whether you're able to add a licence to determine how your data can be accessed and reused.
  • Where will the data be indexed? Does the repository ensure your data will be easily found by search engines?
  • Whether the repository offers additional services such as download and view counts, persistent identifiers, alternative metrics?
Resources on selecting data repositories

Research datasets can either be made openly available online or access can be mediated via email. For mediated datasets ECU library will require an email address that can be made publicly available online, to which all requests for access will be directed.

You can apply a Creative Commons Licence to your data to stipulate how it can be reused.



Services Provided for Research Datasets


  • Datasets receive a DOI -  a persistent identifier that authors can use to link their data to related outputs
  • Datasets are automatically listed on Research Data Australia 
  • Datasets are automatically listed on Datacite
  • Download statistics will document the impact of the data

If you would like further information about depositing your dataset into Research online please contact us at



ARDC Research Data Rights Management Guide

Choose the best copyright license to meet the requirements of sharing your data, maximise the ability of reuse for innovation whilst meeting legal, ethical and grant requirements. 

More information is available about choosing the best Creative Commons (CC) licence for your data

Findable Accessible Interoperable & Reusable - FAIR data








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