Research data may be useful well beyond the end of a research project. By sharing your data with others you are providing a valuable resource to those interested in reusing your data and expounding upon your initial investigations. In addition, your funder may require you to outline your plans for sharing and preserving your research data in your data management plan.
Some benefits of sharing research data include:
There are many options available for sharing and preserving your research data. Ensuring that data are usable and understandable by others requires some thought and planning. You may choose to use, services such as an institutional repository, external repositories, data centers, or journal publishers. Another option is to make your data sharable through a project website.
There are various ways to share research data, including: