Make Open Data Work for You

Posted October 22, 2015

For Open Access Week, we want to highlight open initiatives that are making an impact on how we manage and share research.

Open Data is data that are made accessible online and free of charge for use, reuse, and distribution subject to the requirement of attribution and share-alike. The concept of Open Data emphasizes accountability and transparency in research, business, and government.

Open Data in research helps advance knowledge and drive innovation. This openness is not always straightforward, and requires addressing questions of privacy, ownership, and commercial interests of data.

More funding agencies are recommending that data be made publicly available as a condition of the award. Journals such as Nature, Science, and PLoS ONE require authors to make all supporting data available to readers.

If you are looking for a repository to share your own data or looking for data to reuse, Data Portals, the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org) and the Data Repositories listing on the Open Access Directory Wiki are excellent places to start.

Please visit the Data Management Toolkit to learn more or contact Patti Condon, the Research Data Services Librarian.

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