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Research data management: Access

Research data management covers the planning, collecting, organising, managing, storage, security, backing up, preserving, and sharing your data.

Data sharing

Sharing research data is now actively encouraged by The University of Queensland. The Research Data Management - Policy requires researchers to make data publicly available for use by other researchers and interested persons for further research, after reasonable periods following the completion of the research.

Why share data?

Sharing research data is now actively encouraged by:

Some funding agreements from the Australian Research Council require researchers to make data publicly available within a specified time frame, generally through deposit in an institutional or discipline-specific public repository. The ARC requires an explanation for non-compliance.

Data sharing can be rewarding for researchers. Benefits include:

  • Greater exposure of research work, useful for gaining grants or placing publications in journals
  • Greater opportunities for breakthrough research
  • Greater opportunities to expand the scope and scale of research
  • Greater opportunities for research collaboration, both internationally and across disciplines.

Services that support data sharing

Data sharing has the potential to increase citations of your work. The authors of one study* established that publicly available data was associated with a 69% increase in citations, independent of journal impact factor, date of publication, and author country of origin.

* Piwowar HA, Day RS, Fridsma DB, 2007 'Sharing Detailed Research Data is Associated with Increased Citation Rate'. PLoS ONE 2(3): e308. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000308

The volume of scientific data, and the inter-connectedness of the systems under study, makes integration of data a necessity.

Science Commons, Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data


Before sharing data outside the research team, make sure that you have considered copyright, IP ownership, and any ethical requirements.