Research Impact Challenge

Day 2: Sharing your research

Welcome to Day Two of the Research Impact Challenge!


Your task today is to learn where you can share your research data. Funding agencies and scholarly publishers (and even some research institutions) increasingly expect researchers to share the data underlying published work. Sharing research data has also been associated with a citation advantage for related publications.


Sharing data properly requires not only making it available, but ensuring that it is accessible, discoverable, usable, and citable.


To prepare for data sharing, you must first find the appropriate data repository. Some repositories are specific to individual disciplines or types of data. Other "generalist" repositories include a wider variety of data types, submitted by researchers working across different disciplines.


When a discipline-specific repository is not available for your data, Lane Library recommends Dryad. Through Lane Medical Library, Stanford is now a member of Dryad, which means that Stanford users can publish and share their data free of charge. A similarly "generalist" approach would be to submit your data to the Stanford Digital Repository, operated by Stanford University Libraries.


To complete today's challenge, answer the following questions:


1. Do the groups that fund or publish your work specify where your data should be shared?


If your funder or scholarly publisher has identified a specific repository where they would like you to share research data, we recommend that you share your data in that repository.


2. Do researchers who work with similar data typically share it in a certain place?


The Registry of Research Repositories (re3data) is an excellent starting point to see if there are repositories that are specific to the types of data you work with or your research community. If not, there are generalist repositories like Dryad and the Stanford Digital Repository.


3. Are there particular characteristics of your data that you think might affect how it can be shared?


Neither Dryad nor the Stanford Digital Repository can take high-risk data, including data that contains personally-identifying information (PII) or protected health information (PHI). If you are looking to share data that is high risk or very large, contact Lane Library to schedule a consultation so we can direct you to the appropriate resources.


Want to learn more? Register for A Brief Introduction to Data Sharing on August 13th and An Introduction to Research Data Management on September 1st.

How to share your research data with Dryad?


Dryad Home - Publish and Preserve your Data


It's never too late to publish and share your research data.

To meet your generalist repository needs, Lane Library recommends Dryad. Dryad will perform basic curation to ensure that uploaded data is free of sensitive data and copyright restrictions, provide a stable URL for your work, and ensure your work indexed in Thomson-Reuters Data Citation Index, Scopus, and Google Dataset Search. 

Once uploaded, Dryad will automatically assign your data a DOI- making it independently citable. This will make your work easily sharable, discoverable, and reusable. The first time you log into Dryad you will be prompted to enter both your ORCID and your Stanford credentials. Following this, you will only need to use your ORCID.

For more information, take a look at Dryad's FAQs or explore Dryad's repository.

What is research data?

While the definition of research data differs by discipline, it generally refers to the inputs or outputs required to evaluate, reproduce, or built upon the analyses or conclusions of a given research project.

When considered broadly, this definition can include “raw” data, processed data, research-related code, and documentation pertaining to study parameters and procedures.

Types of research data