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Research Data Management: Publishing your research data

Benefits of Publishing Research Data

What are the benefits of publishing your research data?

  • Increased visibility to the Research Community
  • Research outputs can be verified and scrutinised
  • Research can be shared and re-used
  • Maximises funding investment
  • Promotes a sharing institutional culture

The Impact of Australian Research Data

Leading Australia to data-driven research impact

"2020 began with national-scale bushfire and flood disasters and then confronted us with the COVID-19 pandemic. These events highlighted the critical role of data in addressing unpredictable challenges."


"...The #dataimpact eBook brings together 16 of the stories collected during the #dataimpact campaign. The stories showcase the real-life impact of Australian research data."

Data Impact

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Who is already Publishing Research Data?

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Use Scholexplorer: Data Literature Linking Service, to find Researchers sharing their data

Where to find and publish research data

Data Repositories and Archives

Repositories can be a rich source of data for reuse, or a place to publish your own data so others can find it.

The Australian Data Archive : National service for the collection, preservation and access of digital Social Research data for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users. : provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public data.

Research Data Australia : helps you find, access, and reuse data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.

Supplementary Material Published with a Research Article

Scholarly publications are encouraging access to research data by developing policies that govern supplementary data to the papers they publish.

This is a list of journals with policies encouraging or requiring authors to provide open data for their published articles

Data Journals

Data journals focus on the research data itself. The data is peer reviewed in a similar manner to scholarly articles.

This list of data journals was complied by the University of Edinburgh.

Protecting your copyright and Licensing Conditions

For data that are Open Access, you may also wish to protect your copyright by using licensing conditions. One way to do this is with creative commons licences.

As a minimum, data needs to be appropriately attributed (cited) so it's a good idea to always add a licence so it is clear what your intentions are for sharing.

A Creative Commons (CC) licence is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC licence is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created without infringing copyright. Offering your work under a Creative Commons licence does not mean giving up your copyright but rather permits users to make use of your material in various ways, but only on certain conditions.

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