By sharing/publishing datasets or descriptions of datasets, many benefits may be afforded to researchers:
The FAIR Data Principles seek to "achieve 'symmetry' between the data and the metadata".
Reusability of data.
The ANDS FAIR data self-assessment tool will give you an indication of how well your work meets the FAIR principles.
ANDS has a series of webinars (2018) explaining the details of these principles.
Who will have access to the data and what level of access they are entitled to is an important consideration. Providing open access to confidential data and providing access to unauthorised people may be unlawful. Access regulations may also have implications on determining an appropriate storage option.
Data may be classified into open; shared; sensitive and closed. Access depends on the classification of the data.
This short video from the Open Data Institute will give a quick demonstration of the differences:
Before allowing access determine:
De-identification of sensitive data
The Digital Object Identifier system (DOIs) is used for identifying intellectual property in the digital environment.
ANDS is a member of the DataCite consortium, a group of leading research libraries and technical information providers that aims to make it easier for research datasets to be handled as independent, citable, unique scientific objects. ANDS Digital Object Identifier System and DOI Names (DOIs) Guide.
CQUniversity has signed the ANDS DOI Service Policy Statement which allows CQUniversity to mint DOIs for scholarly outputs such as:
Creative Commons Australia provides information about the appropriate licence from the six used for open access to publicly funded information. Among those, the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) is the most popular and provides the greatest opportunities for re-use of information. Use of the Creative Commons licences promotes a common standard of licencing. If you haven't heard of Creative Commons before, here is a brief video explaining what its all about:
Creative Commons Australia - About the licences
Creative Commons Australia - Using a CC licence or licenced material
ANDS Copyright, data and licensing "provides an exclusive right to the copyright holder to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate or perform a work." If the copyright owner does not license their research outputs (e.g. your data), no-one else can use it. In Australia, no license is regarded as the same as 'all rights reserved', confining any reuse to very limited circumstances.
A data management horror story by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci. Topics include storage, documentation, and file formats.
Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR) describes tools useful for long term digital preservation and acts primarily as a finding and evaluation tool to help practitioners find the tools they need to preserve digital data. Their are 415 different tools described in COPTR, to find the tool you need browse the COPTR registry.
Open Data Stories
Clear, succinct video created by the Australian National University Library promoting the importance of making data sets openly available to be shared so that it may be replicated and built upon.