Sharing Data

Sharing data

4. Where to share data

When choosing a potential location for sharing data, the following criteria can be applied:

  • Will the data be stored securely and sustainably?
  • Will the data be accessible by other history researchers?
  • Will the data be readily accessible via the Internet
  • Will the data be identifiable using a persistent link?
  • Will the data be usable as supplementary material for associated publications?

The following locations can be used to share data.  

  • Deposit in an institutional repository
    • Many institutions have institutional digital repositories, and many of these are being used for holding research data and sharing this
  • Deposit in a specialist data centre or archive
    • The UK Data Archive has an established reputation for managing history datasets
  • Submitting to a journal to support a publication
    • Many journal publishers are now providing the scope to share data associated with publications
  • Dissemination via a project or institutional website
    • As mentioned at the start of this section, a simple option
  • Informal peer-to-peer exchange
    • An option commonly used by many areas of research

These options can be compared as follows:

 

Location

Secure and sustainable storage

Accessible to history researchers

Accessible to the Internet

Identifiable via link

Supplementary material use

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