“Data management” and “data management plans” are phrases increasingly heard within academic and scientific communities. More and more science journals are requiring data sharing as a contingency for publication, and in 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology released a new policy stating:
...the results of unclassified research that are published in peer-reviewed publications directly arising from Federal funding should be stored for long-term preservation and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze in ways that maximize the impact and accountability of the Federal research investment.
Why should you share your data?
- Visibility: It will help enhance the visibility of your research.
- Replication and Accountability: It will allow for more efficient research and promote scientific replication while showing the relevance of your research and preventing the duplication of work.
- Community Development: It will promote collaboration and cooperation within the scientific community
- It’s Required: Many funding agencies, grants, and journals now require data sharing
- Scientific Advancement: Sharing and re-use of your data can help advance science
- Open Access: It helps support open access principles
- Time Savings: Putting your research in a repository allows you avoid responding to data requests and will give you more time to focus on your research.
- Preservation: It can preserve your data, which will protect your investment of time and resources for the long-term.