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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: