Data publishing is critical for the advancement of scientific knowledge. Researchers benefit from increased collaborations, validation, and recognition of their work; institutions and funders benefit from the measurable increase in the impact of their resources; and society benefits from the faster pace at which science can progress. There are several barriers to providing access to data, and currently data sharing is mostly done by large, well funded multi-investigator projects. If these barriers were addressed, allowing individual investigators to easily and quickly share their primary research data, we could create a new culture of transparency and efficiency—likely resulting in major impacts on scientific advancement.
A number of organizations and researchers have begun to emphasize that data sets should be publishable in the same way that articles are. This will provide a way to share data in a familiar and citable manner. Standards and best practices for publishing and citing data are only now beginning to emerge. RDM Consultants are available to discuss your questions about this topic. The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) provides funding to Berkeley authors (current faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, researchers) and publishers (Centers, Organized Research Units, and Departments) to make their publications free to all readers immediately upon publication. Organizations promoting data publication and citation:
See also: Ball, A. & Duke, M. (2015). ‘How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online.