Why publish or share data?

Publication of data as a supplement to journal article publications or as a stand alone data publications is increasingly recognized as good scholarship within many disciplines. Your work becomes more visible, has more impact, and is more likely to be preserved for the future.

Additionally many funding agencies and journal publishers now have data sharing requirements.

What are the options to share or publish data?

There are many forms of publishing or sharing data, but most require the deposit of the data into an online data repository. First you must identify an appropriate repository for your data. Then you must prepare your data. This includes the creation of appropriate metadata and the formatting your data, both according to best practices for your discipline and the particular repository.

The library has many resources to help you with these steps.

Finding the right place – identifying a repository

There are literally hundreds of data repositories. It is a good idea to identify a repository for your data before you begin your research project. The University of Miami maintains the UM Scholarly Repository in which your data can be published and shared. Many other Data Repositories exist that may be appropriate as well.

Preparing your data

With a good Data Management Plan you will prepare your data for deposit as part of your research workflow. This includes creating and assigning appropriate metadata and formatting your data, both according to best practices for your discipline and the particular repository.

Navigating access options

When data is published or shared access rights range from open data that is freely available in the public domain to licensed data that has limited access rights and is served from proprietary publication platforms.

Sensitive data and privacy concerns

If you are working with sensitive data or personally identifiable data you need to take extra precautions to protect your research subjects and their information.

Digital Object Identifiers

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a permanent online identifier for a digital asset; perhaps a journal article or a supplementary data set for a publication. As a part of research data services, the University of Miami can mint DOIs for your research products.

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