Research data are a valuable resource and in many cases have significant value beyond their original use. There are many benefits to sharing research data:
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research advises that researchers should share data wherever possible. While there is no mandate for Open Access Data, the ARC considers data management planning an important part of the responsible conduct of research and strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from a project in an appropriate publicly accessible repository. This attitude is shared by the international community. In 2012 The Royal Society (UK) also published a report on Science as an Open Enterprise.
Cloudstor is a large file transfer service available to all research staff and students. The service is available through Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet).
Launching in May 2014 and open now for submissions, Scientific Data is a new open-access publication of Data Descriptors: peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets. Scientific Data exists to help you publish, discover and reuse research data. Hosted on nature.com and the destination for millions of scientists globally every month — Data Descriptors will be disseminated to the widest possible audience through a programme of continuous online publication.
Authors will be expected to deposit their datasets in an appropriate repository prior to peer-review. If an appropriate repository does not exist or if the available repositories do not support a confidential peer-review process, authors are advised to to submit their data to a generalist scientific repository such as figshare or Data Dryad.
Research Data Australia is a free data discovery service designed to promote visibility of Australian research data collections. The repository contains data descriptions only and facilitates links to data archives. This is the flagship service of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) an organisation working with research institutions and data producing agencies to bring about four transformations to data – unmanaged to managed, disconnected to connected, invisible to findable and single use to reusable – that will enable Australia’s research data to become a national strategic resource to support better, more efficient and defensible research, and improved policy input.
To date Swinburne has contributed public datasets, researcher developed software analysis tools, and profiles for researchers throughout the university, and from research groups such as CAS, BPsyC and CAOUS.
If you would like to create a profile and submit datasets, collections or software to RDA please contact the Research Information Services team at RIS@swin.edu.au.
figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. figshare allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow.