Many scholars will need to share their data publicly as a condition of grant funding or publication. However, researchers are always encouraged to share their data; publicly available research data can help increase the visibility of projects and speed up the dissemination of discoveries among research communities.
Data can be shared through direct, researcher-to-researcher contact; by hosting it on your personal website; or by submitting to a data repository. Many grants will encourage researchers to share their data via a repository. See the guide below for an overview of the issues involved in sharing data.
When you are thinking about how to best share research data, consider issues such as when will the data be shared, where will it be shared, who owns the data, are there privacy concerned (human subject data) that need to be addressed?