Open Data Part 2 – Options for Sharing your Data


  • Last week we looked at the benefits of sharing your research data. This week we are going to give you some options on how to share your data.

Deposit your data in the Griffith Research Data Repository. The Data Repository enables research data collections produced by Griffith researchers to be accessible and searchable via a web interface. Open data collections in the Griffith Repository are provided to Research Data Australia, an online discovery portal for research data collections maintained by the Australian National Data Service. The Griffith Research Data Repository is managed by staff from eResearch Services, Scholarly Information and Research. To register your data collections in the Repository, please contact Natasha Simons, Senior Project Manager and Data Librarian at: n.simons@griffith.edu.au

Deposit your data in a data journal or a subject-specific repository.
Two examples are:

  1. GigaScience:  “An online open-access open-data journal, we publish ‘big-data’ studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences”.
  2. Dryad:  “…an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies”.

You can also:

  • Use the Griffith Data Management Planning Tool to assist you in describing, planning and managing your research data. This is most useful at the commencement of a research project but can be used anytime. To access the Tool, go to the Library ‘Support for Researchers’ webpage and click ‘Manage your Research Data’. Then select the Data Management Planning tutorial and follow the prompts (requires access to the Griffith Portal).
  • Use any of the other publicly available Data Management Planning Tools on the web. For example: DMP Online produced by the UK Digital Curation Centre or DMP Tool produced by the California Digital Library.

For more information on Open Access, see the other posts in our Open Access Series.

Griffith University will be supporting Open Access Week 22-28 October, 2012.