Just as researchers routinely provide a bibliographic reference to sources such as journal articles, reports and conference papers, data citation is the practice of providing reference to datasets. Citing data like other sources, also acknowledges the author, increases its validity and significance within the scholarly communications cycle and can be counted and tracked (in a similar manner to journal articles) to measure impact.
Making your project's data openly available may lead to an increased citation rate for your publications.
UQ researchers should aim to include data citation and sharing in their research practice:
The Data Citation Index (from Web of Science) provides a single point of access to research data and data citation information from repositories across disciplines around the world.
Search for yourself in the Data Citation Index to see how many datasets you have publicly available and any citations they have accrued.
Make sure you share your project's research data to ensure your work is discoverable by Data Citation Index