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Making your research data publicly discoverable by other researchers can increase its impact in ways which you perhaps hadn't originally anticipated when you first created the data.

By publishing/sharing datasets or descriptions of datasets, you will benefit from:

  • Expansion to the scale and impact of research: Research data can be cited by other researchers which can amplify your research impact.
  • Increased collaboration and reduced duplication: Your research datasets become more discoverable thus making other researchers aware of your research.
  • Research integrity: The validity of your research results can be substantiated.
  • Future applications: Research data preservation allows for the application of developing analytical technologies within a field of research.

Publish your data

Publish your research data in the UWA Research Repository

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You can upload and describe your research datasets into the UWA Research Repository making them publicly discoverable and downloadable.

The UWA Research Repository provides an open access platform to capture, store, and index research outputs produced by our researchers and postgraduate students. It contains research datasets, peer-reviewed books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and UWA theses (masters and doctorate degrees by research). You are able to link all of these outputs to your grants and research profile.

By publishing your datasets in the UWA Research Repository you will:

  • Obtain a DOI for your datasets
  • Assign a Creative Commons license to your datasets
  • Assign levels of access to your dataset
  • Generate a dataset citation which can be used when others cite your data
  • Make your dataset publicly discoverable

This will enable you to have control over how your data is reused and cited.

Dataset Access Restrictions

All dataset metadata (e.g. descriptions, contact details etc.) are publicly available in the UWA Research Repository. This enables your research to be discovered by other researchers.

You can assign varied access levels to each individual file which you upload to the repository:

  • Open Access - publicly downloadable.
  • Restricted Access - mediated access or embargoed.

To publish your research datasets in the UWA Research Repository, please see:

Data journals

Publishers have seen the value of the research data which underlies publications. For this reason we are seeing the release of data journals as listed in the table below:

Name of Data journalPublisherField
Scientific Data JournalNature PublishingGeneric
Data Science JournalCommittee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the International Council for Science (ICSU)Generic
Dataset Papers in ScienceHindawi Publishing CorporationGeneric
Journal of Open Humanities DataUbiquity Press Open AccessHumanities
Journal of Open Psychology DataUbiquity Press Open AccessPsychology
Journal of Open Archaeology DataUbiquity Press Open AccessArchaeology
Geoscience Data JournalWileyGeoscience, Geography, Earth Science
Earth System Science Data (ESSD)Copernicus PublicationsEarth Science
Journal of Chemical and Engineering DataACS PublicationsChemistry, Engineering
The International Journal of Robotics Research - Data PapersSage PublicationsRobotics
Journal of Physical and Chemical Research Data American Institute of Physics(AIP)Physics, Chemistry
Ecological ArchivesEcologigal Society of America (ESA)Biology, Ecology
IUCrDataInternational Union of CrystallographyCrystallography
BMC Research NotesBioMed Central (Springer)Medicine, Biology
GigaScienceBioMed CentralBiology, Medicine, Life Science
Journal of Open Public Health DataUbiquity Press Open AccessMedicine

A sample of data journals

DOIs

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) can be assigned to finalised datasets with many benefits including:

  • Journals prefer data which have DOIs assigned to them
  • DOIs are persistent, even if there is a URL change
  • DOIs are searchable via search engines and can reveal grey literature
  • Allows for the tracking of publications which have used or cited a researcher’s dataset

When you upload and publish your research datasets into the UWA Research Repository, we will mint a DOI for your datasets during the validation process.

To publish your research datasets in the UWA Research Repository, please see:

Data citation

In the same way that you reference printed works, you also need to cite research data.

Many journals now require that data is made available to support research claims and as a result research data has become a valuable asset that requires citation.

Benefits of data citation include:

  • Enables the sharing and reuse of datasets
  • Acknowledges data ownership
  • Allows for the use of data citation metrics

Citation standards

Standards for data citation vary across disciplines. The following table outlines recommended formats by DataCite.

Creator (Publication Year): Title. Publisher. Identifier

Hooper, C., M., (2015): The compendium of crop Proteins with Annotated Locations (cropPAL) version 1. ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, University of Western Australia. 10.4225/23/556e4e260e093

When you publish your research datasets in the UWA Research Repository, an automatically generated citation will appear on your public-facing dataset record. To publish your datasets in the UWA Research Repository, please see:

Data licensing

When you make your research data publicly accessible it is recommended that you assign a Creative Commons license to your data.

You are able to formally apply a license to your research data when you upload it to the UWA Research Repository.

AusGOAL

The Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework (AusGOAL), formerly the Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF), enables data creators to make appropriate licensing decisions for data re-use by the wider community. It is the preferred policy and licensing suite for Australian Government data. The licenses can be used by anyone. AusGOAL is now officially being extended into the research and innovation sector.

AusGOAL Suite of Licenses

Version 4.0 of the Creative Commons Licenses were endorsed for AusGOAL in February 2014.

(For further guidance on the differences between the Version 4.0 and Version 3.0 Australian licenses here.)

The Licenses

LicenseDescription
Attribution

(CC BY)

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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Attribution Non-Commercial

(CC BY-NC)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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Attribution Share Alike

(CC BY-SA)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

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Attribution No Derivatives

(CC BY-ND)

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

(CC BY-NC-SA)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. <

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Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

(CC BY-NC-ND)

This license is the most restrictive of the six licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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Restrictive Licence template (RL)You can download the Restrictive License Template here.

AusGOAL Licenses

When you publish your research datasets in the UWA Research Repository, you will be able to assign a Creative Commons License directly to each dataset file within the dataset record. This license will appear only on your publicly downloadable files in the public-facing dataset record. Dataset files which are set as restricted access do not appear in the public-facing record.

To publish your datasets in the UWA Research Repository, please see:

Discover research data

Discover UWA research data

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You can search for publicly available UWA research datasets in the UWA Research Repository.

The UWA Research Repository provides an open access platform to capture, store, and index research outputs produced by our researchers and postgraduate students. It contains research datasets, peer-reviewed books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and UWA theses (masters and doctorate degrees by research).

Discipline-specific repositories

You can search for other research data repositories via re3data.org. This registry has indexed over 1500 data repositories which can all be accessed and searched via the website.

Below is a small selection of discipline-specific data repositories. You may wish to locate research data for reuse in your own research. Please be aware that these may not all be open access and may incur a fee for data submission.

Agricultural Sciences

  • CSIRO Data Access Portal - The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to data published by CSIRO across a range of disciplines to facilitate sharing and reuse of data held by CSIRO.
  • EarthStat - Serves geographic data sets with the purpose of solving the grand challenge of feeding a growing global population while reducing agriculture’s impact on the environment.
  • ICRISAT Dataverse Network - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics Dataverse Network.
  • Archaeology Data Service - Preserves digital data in the long term, and disseminates a broad range of data in archaeology.
  • British Antarctic Survey - Atmospheric, biosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and Sun-Earth interactions metadata and data are available. Information and mapping services include a Discovery Metadata System, Data Access System, the Antarctic Digital Database (ADD), Geophysics Data Portal (BAS-GDP), ICEMAR, a fossil database, and the Antarctic Plant Database.
  • tDAR - The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations.

Astronomy

  • ANU Data Commons - The Australian National University undertake work to collect and publish metadata about research data held by ANU, and in the case of four discipline areas, Earth Sciences, Astronomy, Phenomics and Digital Humanities to develop pipelines and tools to enable the publication of research data using a common and repeatable approach.
  • CSIRO Data Access Portal - The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to data published by CSIRO across a range of disciplines to facilitate sharing and reuse of data held by CSIRO.
  • RAVE database - RAVE (RAdial Velocity Experiment) is a multi-fiber spectroscopic astronomical survey of stars in the Milky Way using the 1.2-m UK Schmidt Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO). The RAVE collaboration consists of researchers from over 20 institutions around the world and is coordinated by the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam.
  • Harvard Dataverse - The Harvard Dataverse is open to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide. It includes the world's largest collection of social science research data. It is hosting data for projects, archives, researchers, journals, organizations, and institutions.
  • National Virtual Observatory - The NVO is the National Virtual Observatory, the US-based Virtual Observatory project that is collaborating with the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) to make it possible for astronomical researchers to find, retrieve, and analyze astronomical data from ground- and space-based telescopes worldwide.
  • PDS - The Planetary Data System archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements.

Medical Sciences, Biological and Life Sciences

  • CSIRO Data Access Portal - The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to data published by CSIRO across a range of disciplines to facilitate sharing and reuse of data held by CSIRO.
  • Store.Synchrotron Data Store - Also known as myTARDIS Diffraction Image Repository or TARDIS. Cloud computing based solution to raw X-ray data archival and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron.
  • ComBase - ComBase is a resource for quantitative and predictive food microbiology. ComBase includes a database of observed microbial responses to a variety of food-related environments and a collection of predictive models.
  • Integrated Ocean Discovery Program - The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth's history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor sub-seafloor environments.
  • The Paleobiology Database - The Paleobiology Database (PaleoDB) is a non-governmental, non-profit public resource for paleontological data. It has been organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers. Its purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for organisms of all geological ages, as well data services to allow easy access to data for independent development of analytical tools, visualization software, and applications of all types.
  • International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium - The IMPC is a confederation of international mouse phenotyping projects working towards the agreed goals of the consortium. One of which is to undertake the phenotyping of 20,000 mouse mutants over a ten year period, providing the first functional annotation of a mammalian genome.
  • Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys - CPES provides access to information that relates to mental disorders among the general population. Its primary goal is to collect data about the prevalence of mental disorders and their treatments in adult populations in the United States.
  • Domino - DOMINO is an open-access database comprising more than 3900 annotated experiments describing interactions mediated by protein-interaction domains. The curation effort aims at covering the interactions mediated by the following domains (SH3, SH2, 14-3-3, PDZ, PTB, WW, EVH, VHS, FHA, EH, FF, BRCT, Bromo, Chromo, GYF).
  • DRYAD - DataDryad.org is a curated general-purpose repository that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature, particularly data for which no specialized repository exists. The content is considered to be integral to the published research. All material in Dryad is associated with a scholarly publication.
  • GenBank - GenBank® is a comprehensive database that contains publicly available nucleotide sequences for almost 260 000 formally described species. These sequences are obtained primarily through submissions from individual laboratories and batch submissions from large-scale sequencing projects, including whole-genome shotgun (WGS) and environmental sampling projects.
  • PANGAEA - The information system PANGAEA is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research.

Chemistry

  • PubChem - Pubchem contains 3 databases.

Computer Science and Source Code

  • GitHub - Share code with this open access repository.
  • SourceForge - IT professionals go to Sourceforge to develop, download, review, and publish open source software.

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Australian Data Archive - The Australian Data Archive (ADA) provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data and to make these data available for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users.
  • TROVE - Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations.
  • eLaborate - eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.
  • Data.gov.au - Data.gov.au provides public access, download, and reuse to raw data from the Australian Government, state and territory governments.
  • JEDI - JEDI is an educational data archive service that collects, preserves, and distributes empirical data for academic, educational and governmental administrative purposes.

General Subject Repositories

Research Data Australia
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Research Data Australia (RDA) is a web portal for discovering data collections produced by, or relevant to, Australian researchers. It helps you find, access, and reuse data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions. It is managed by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS does not store the data itself but displays descriptions of, and links to, the data from their data publishing partners or contributors.

The UWA Research Repository harvests descriptions of UWA datasets to RDA weekly.

CSIRO Data Access Portal

The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to data published by CSIRO across a range of disciplines to facilitate sharing and reuse of data held by CSIRO.

Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org)

re3data.org badgere3data.org lists 1500 research data repositories, making it the largest and most comprehensive registry of data repositories available. It covers a wide range of disciplines from around the world.

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