Sharing Data

Sharing data

1, Introduction

In the past (and often still today) historians tend to work alone, creating research data for themselves and only making publically available the end results in the form of a publication of some type or another. This is increasingly changing, especially with new rules emerging on Open Access. Now is the time to consider how you might share your data during or after your research projects.

It's something that you should seriously consider as your data is valuable in its own right (and is increasingly being seen as valuable in its own right by research funders, government, and higher education institutions). Why reinvent the wheel when someone else has already done the work? Why not build on each others work? This can only be done through sharing data.

In essence we all gain from doing this. By the end of this section of the course you will be able to:

  • Recognise why data benefits from being shared
  • Appreciate the value of sharing data and how this can support your own research
  • Explain the options and requirements for sharing data

Throughout your research project you should consider your data as a commodity in its own right. It's not just a means to an end. It is a product of your research and therefore important.