This is Love Your Data week, and each day we’ll be sharing a post about one or more fundamental data management practices that you can use. Part 5 of 5 (parts 1, 2, 3, 4)
While best practices for sharing your data are still evolving, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing to share your data:
- When archiving your data choose an appropriate venue for your discipline. If you have any questions about choosing an appropriate data archive, contact your librarian.
- Share ethically. Make certain that all sensitive information is redacted before submitting your data to an appropriate archive.
- When sharing your data, include the metadata. Metadata, in part, documents your data. It tells others about your data: how it was created, who created it, and potentially, any stipulations for use of the data. For more information about metadata, consult UO Libraries page on Metadata & Data Documentation.
- Before depositing your data be aware of any associated intellectual property rights. While copyright is not applicable to most research data in the U.S., licensing can apply. Want to learn more? Check out this guide from the University of Minnesota Libraries for a more thorough explanation of intellectual property, licenses, and research data.
Need more information? Make sure to consult the UO Libraries RDM page on Sharing Data.
What will future generations do with your data? How will it change the world? Think about ways in which your data can be used by scholars, change-makers, and everyday citizens to make a difference in the world.
How do you share you data? How do you make it accessible and intelligible for future users? What are some of your concerns about sharing data? How can we make sharing data easier for data producers? And of course, what would make reusing data easier for all levels of consumers out there?
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