Find and share data

Research is not an activity which normally exists in isolation – researchers work in different locations, they want to share data with colleagues and collaborators anywhere in the world. They don’t just need access to their own data, they are likely to want to find other, existing sources of data.

With recognition of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Data Protection and Ethics, researchers may be able to process others' existing raw data to create entirely new research outputs.

Why share research data?

Research data are a valuable resource, usually requiring much time and money to be produced. Many data have a significant value beyond usage for the original research.

Sharing research data:

  • encourages scientific enquiry and debate
  • promotes innovation and potential new data uses
  • leads to new collaborations between data users and data creators
  • maximises transparency and accountability
  • enables scrutiny of research findings
  • encourages the improvement and validation of research methods
  • reduces the cost of duplicating data collection
  • increases the impact and visibility of research
  • promotes the research that created the data and its outcomes
  • can provide a direct credit to the researcher as a research output in its own right
  • provides important resources for education and training

2011, “Managing and Sharing Data”, UK Data Archivepdf

Benefits of sharing data:

  • Allows independent validation of results
  • Increases the impact and visibility of research
  • Makes best use of investment by avoiding replication
  • Leads to new collaborations and partnerships
  • Advances science when datasets are combined in new and innovative ways

Data Sharing, University of Glasgow 

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Further Information

Research Data material:

RDM Principles

Data Planning Documents

DMP Documents - Small file

Poster (pdf pdf)

University of Leicester Research Data Management poster

Brochure (pdf pdf)

Copies: researchdata@le.ac.uk 

Blog Data For Research Blog

Glossary

A-Z

books

Input and feedback

2017 - This website will be relaunched in spring/summer 2017. Feedback and input is welcome, so please let the RDM project team know what type of content you would like to be included on the website by contacting us at researchdata@le.ac.uk.

RDM news and events
  1. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the PI and/or data owner
  2. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  3. "Introduction to Information Governance" training is now available via "Embedding Informatics in Clinical Education" (EICE). The University is registered as an institution so you can register against this or ask for an account via IGT@le.ac.uk.
  4. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  5. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact researchdata@le.ac.uk
  6. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  7. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  8. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  9. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  10. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  11. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  12. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  13. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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