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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