CREATE & MANAGE DATA
PLANNING FOR SHARING
WHY SHARE DATA?
Many research funders and publishers are committed to a long-term strategy for data resource provision and encourage researchers to share data.
Research data are viewed by many funding bodies as a public good which should be openly available to the academic community and often beyond.
Sharing research data:
- encourages scientific enquiry and debate
- promotes innovation and potential new data uses
- leads to new collaborations between data users and data creators
- maximises transparency and accountability
- enables scrutiny of research findings
- encourages the improvement and validation of research methods
- reduces the cost of duplicating data collection
- increases the impact and visibility of research
- provides credit to the researcher as a research output in its own right
- provides great resources for education and training
The Research Councils UK (RCUK) have prepared a set of common principles on data policy which provide an overarching framework for individual Research Councils.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) fully supports data sharing and was the first UK funding body to adopt a formal data sharing policy. ESRC award holders are contractually required to offer all created research data to the Economic and Social Data Service, for archiving and dissemination by the UK Data Archive.
Many other funders such as the British Academy, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the BBSRC and the Wellcome Trust have similar data policies that mandate or encourage researchers to share data.
Journals and publishers increasingly require data that form the basis for publications to be shared or deposited within an accessible database or repository.