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        In the last nudge, we discussed the benefits of sharing your research data. There are many ways to share data, depending on type, standard practices in your discipline, and funder requirements. Each way has its pros and cons.

Data sharing options


Peer-to-peer sharing by request  ✓ Control access

 - Researcher is reponsible for   filling a reply to request access
 - Difficult to fulfill the request if   the data is not easy to locate
 - Does not ensure long-term   availability of data

Post to personal or project website  ✓ Easy immediate storage and   dissemination

 - Less persistent
 - Require maintenance, updating   and migration
 - Difficult to track data use

Submit to journal/publishers as supplemental material  ✓ Meet publisher requirements
 ✓ Common practice

 - Often limited in size (<100MB)
 - Restriction in file formats (often   PDF only)
 - Can be hidden by paywalls
 - Usually not guarantee for long   term storage 

Deposit in domain or institutional repository

 ✓ Complie with funder and   publisher requirements
 ✓ Data receives stable identifier   for easy reference and citation
 ✓ Long-term preservation
 ✓ Link to papers and other   materials that use the data
 ✓ Data is freely available to   everyone

 - Sometimes fee-based
 - Can require expertise in order to   find reliable repositories for   domains (but we can   help, contact RDS)


★ ★ ★ For more information, visit our guide for a general comparison between depositing data as supplemental materials vs instituitional repository.

★ ★ ★ Look forward to our next Data Nudge -- a quick comparison between three repositories: Dryad, ICPSR, and Illinois Data Bank.


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