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Data Sharing

Similar to scholarly article citation, sharing your research data and allowing other researchers to download, use, and cite your data can lead to your research having a greater impact in your field.

Sharing your data has the following benefits:

  • Reputation enhancement through citations of your data from other researchers
  • Grant compliance for data to be openly accessible
  • Contributions to the broader knowledge base in your discipline
  • Data that is submitted to an open repository will be indexed and open to search engines for easy discovery, and will have a persistent and stable link for access
  • Open data sets lead to a greater number of research paper citations

The Force11 community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers, and research funders have come up with Data Publishing guidelines using the acronym FAIR. 

  • Data should be Findable
  • Data should be Accessible
  • Data should be Interoperable
  • Data should be Re-usable

Which federal funding agencies have a data sharing requirement?

There are many different repositories into which you can deposit your data. Here is just a sample:

Data Repositories by Subject



Earth and Environmental Science Data

DataOne Members


Open Science Framework (OSF)

Social Science Data openICPSR