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Share data: Research data management

 

March 20, 2020 update: While the physical SFU Libraries are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 measures, we are happy to continue to support you with any research data management questions remotely. Please feel free to contact us by email at data-services@sfu.ca during this time, and we can set up a meeting via video conferencing or telephone.

 

Why share research data?

Whether you are depositing your research data into an archive or repository, publishing your data alongside a journal article submission, or securing funding from a research-funding institution, there are benefits beyond fulfilling research funding or publication requirements.

Some benefits of sharing

Improve research quality and impact, by encouraging a higher level of research transparency, inviting external validation and development of research methods, and broadening evaluation of findings by a wider audience. 

Contribute to the public good, by facilitating evidence-based policy decisions, limiting redundant data collection, and improving research efficiency for a higher return on investment for publicly-funded projects.

Increase your chances of being cited, getting more credit for your research contributions, and greater impact in your field.

Sharing data responsibly

Preserve data

For long-term preservation and storage of their research data, dedicated online data repositories can be a great option.

Data can be preserved either in institutional repositories, such as SFU's Research Data Repository (Radar), or in external data archives and subject-specific repositories.

Publish data

Publishing research data often means accompanying published research (such as a research article in an academic journal), but there are other options, including open data repositories.

Ethics and data

Established ethical guidelines address data security, confidentiality, and other ethical and legal considerations.