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Research Data Management: How to share data?

How to share data?

When planning to share your research data, it is useful to consider how you want your data to be used by others. You can then apply a relevant licence that most closely reflects those intended uses.

Applying an explicit licence removes any ambiguity over what users can and cannot do with your data.

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Include data documentation

To enable the reuse of the data, information about how the data is gathered, transformed and arrived should be provided alongside the data files. These can be referred to as data documentation.

Data documentation typically includes: 

  • methodology and procedures used to collect the data
  • details about codes
  • definitions of variables
  • variable field locations
  • frequencies

Examples of data documentation include:

  • codebooks
  • lay summary
  • readme.txt
  • webpage
  • electronic lab notebook

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Creative Commons Attribution License Quick and Awesome Review

A video that explains the various Creative Commons licences in a simple and easy to understand manner.