Sharing research data

Research data are a valuable resource. In addition to scholarly publishing, open access movement steers towards open access to the underlying research data. Research funders place the sharing of research data ever higher in their priorities. This is reflected in their data sharing policies and the demand for data management plans in research applications. Thus, data sharing for reuse in future scientific and educational purposes is recommended whenever possible.

Depending on the nature of the data, data may be shared to a varying degree for others to be accessed and utilised through open data archives and repositories. Ethical or juridical matters may limit data sharing. Sensitive or confidential information or trade/professional secrets are not principally published. If your research data includes personal data, pay attention to data protection guidelines introduced in data collecting and processing section.

Research data can be shared by:

  • Depositing them to an international or national data repository.
  • Submitting them to an open data journal.
  • Depositing them in an institutional repository.
  • Making them available online via a project or institutional website.

Making research data open and available for others can e.g.:

  • Enhance data reuse.
  • Advance research and innovations.
  • Improve research reliability.
  • Promote research collaboration.
  • Save resources, when time and money are saved from data collection if suitable material is already available.

Learn how to open research data by studying the section Open research data (see the subsections as well) at Open UEF web pages.

See the check list for publishing research data.

Join Open UEF group at Yammer (for UEF staff and students) to follow current issues on open science.


Think: Can you share your research data or part of it? Where would you open your data? Check the possible recommendations of your funder and discipline.

Further information:

FAIR principles (1:44). The FAIR principles support good data management.

(9/2020 AK)