QUT researchers can now make their datasets openly available, discoverable and accessible using QUT’s Research Data Finder. Researchers can easily self-deposit datasets, quickly describe and publicly share them with the broader research community, maximising opportunities for data re-use and ensuring compliance with funders and publishers.
Two examples where researchers have shared their dataset are below. There is a link to the dataset at the top right corner in the Access the Data section.
- Coding of BPM Conference Papers 2003-2014
- Fusion transcripts in prostate cancer using RNA sequences derived from Australian and Chinese men
Why share data?
Both the ARC and NHMRC encourage the dissemination of research data (Section C of ARC Discovery grants instructions to applicants). The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research states: “Researchers have a responsibility to their colleagues and the wider community to disseminate a full account of their research as broadly as possible.” [Section 4.4]
QUT’s Management of research data policy (MOPP D/2.8.7) advises that QUT ‘research data will be made available for access and re-use by other researchers subject to any contractual, ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters’. The Guidelines for the Management of Research Data at QUT provide further details on all aspects of research data management including access and re-use, access agreements, and a range of licences (copyright and Creative Commons).
Other benefits of sharing research datasets in Research Data Finder are:
- An increase in citations by up to 69% (Piwowar & Vision, 2013)
- Data is readily available for re-use when required
- An improved research profile
- Increased national and international opportunities for collaboration and innovation