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Open Scholarship Toolkit

Benefits of Open Data

The ability to independently confirm results and conclusions is critical for evaluating scientific rigor and informing future research activities. Openly shared data can support reanalysis and confirmation of research findings. They can also shed light on research that is not published, which can occur when tested hypotheses are not confirmed or research is considered unproductive, thereby mitigating publication bias and improving the efficiency of the research process, and can lead to novel lines of inquiry. In particular, shared data can be reused for new analyses, whether independently or in combination with other data.

(From Developing a Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices: Proceedings of a Workshop which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0))

Assistance for Sharing Data

UI Libraries and partners provide Research Data Services to faculty, students and staff across the university. We can assist you with:

Data Repositories

When selecting a repository to deposit your data, consider:

  • Is the repository intended for your subject/research domain?
  • Does it provide persistent identifiers for deposited files?
  • Who can access the data, and how long will the data be preserved?
  • What license(s) does it support?
  • Is the repository integrated with other systems for finding and connecting data?
  • Who manages the repository (government, for-profit publisher, academic, non-profit, other organization)?

Contact Research Data Services and we will assist you in finding a repository that is right for your data.