Sharing or archiving data means you make your research data available to others. Journals or funders may require you to give open access to your research data or at least share your data with other researchers upon request. In this way, they are stimulating the public availability of data and scripts. You can share your data by storing/archiving it in an openly available online depository or by making your dataset available upon request.
For sharing your research data, several options are recommended:
At the UT:
- Group/share UT Network storage (P-drive)
- custom filesystem (network-share) on the UT central hard disks
- Lightweight database (no costs for < 5 GB data storage)
For archiving your research data we recommend using the trusted repository:
DANS, for social sciences and humanities data. DANS prefers open data, but also offers restricted access (access is limited and can only be granted on request) and the possibility to place an embargo on your data (your data will become available after a set period of time, with a maximum of two years). DANS has the Data Seal of Approval.
Read the UT guidance on archiving research data.
In the social sciences Open Science Framework (OSF) is becoming more familiar. OSF is a free, open-source Web tool designed to help researchers collaboratively manage, store, and share their research process and files related to their research. Unlike the other repositories (such as DANS or Dataverse), which were built to simply house and share files once a research project is finished, OSF also allows researchers to store and interact with files during the research process and to preregister their work and upload preprints if they so desire. The have Guides and FAQ available. NOTE: by default OSF stores your data in the United States, choose Germany - Frankfurt as storage location instead, as US is not GDPR compliant.
We advise you to think about what data to share, with whom, how, when and for how long at the start of your research project and to capture these preferences in your Data Management Plan.