Sharing and Discovery
Data documentation and sharing greatly increase the longevity and impact of your research, by making it easier for the wider community to discover and use your data.
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Why share data? It benefits you, the researcher...
- Increases citation and impact. By sharing well-documented data, you potentially increase your research impact and credibility, and number of citations for associated papers.
- Provides more opportunity for collaboration. Increased visibility can lead to greater potential for collaboration.
- Satisfies mandates. Funding agencies and journals are increasingly requiring that data be shared as a condition of receiving funding or being accepted for publication. Some of these mandates include:
... and it benefits the community.
- Allows others to build upon your data. By sharing well-documented data, you enable additional scientific inquiry and meta-analysis that cannot be generated by a single researcher or laboratory.
- Streamlines resources. When data is shared, recollection of data is minimized and resources are saved.
- Open data supports reproducible science. Re-analysis and replicability of data helps verify results and is a key part of the scientific process. Data exposure provides safeguards against misconduct.
- Increases return on research investment. Funding agencies and journals are increasingly promoting or requiring data management plans and data sharing because of the potential for a greater return on research investment.