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Research Data Management at Charles Sturt: Share and Disseminate

Data sharing

Share your data!

Once you decide to share your data, there are some data considerations that you need to prepare for, like:

  • which file formats to use to ensure long term access,
  • data documentation and metadata, 
  • ownership and privacy issues with regards to copyright, intellectual property, and research participant confidentiality (sensitive data).

Look for a data repository that would be appropriate for your area of research, to allow your datasets to be freely shared. 


Why share your data?


It may be required by certain publishers or funding agencies but it opens up research, allows data reuse for new discoveries, and increases your research impact by making it citable by other researchers.

Post-research and finalising data collections

At the end of the project, it is important to organise the data into collections.

Collections within a project may differ by:

  • Date range of raw data
  • Data to support an open access publication
  • De-identified data that may be made 'open' or restricted 'by request'
  • Confidential or sensitive data available to the research group only

Finalise your data collections:

  • Tidy up folders and file names
  • Include all supporting documents, files, software, notes etc.
  • Update your RDM plan with your intentions for long-term storage, including embargo period, length of storage
  • Define access (eg. open, restricted) and any licensing conditions
  • Create / update the project and collection level metadata
  • If an open collection, contact the library about creating a permanent link to the data (digital object identifier or DOI) that can be cited
  • Move data collections to a Charles Sturt approved Archive storage
  • Advertise the data set e.g. Research Data Australia

See Publish and Reuse for further information.

Data repositories

Look in these data repositories to find archived and preserved data sets or as a place to share your own data:

Look for a repository to share your data that:

  • Stores the data safely
  • Makes the data findable
  • Describes the data appropriately (metadata)
  • Adds the licencing information 

For more options, check out these registries or discovery services to find more repositiories:, OpenDOAR and Research Data Australia.

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