Publishing research data

Research data includes all types of scientific information, which form the basis of scientific research – together with their descriptive metadata. Examples of research data are measurement results, secondary analyses, visualisations, models, study data and questionnaires. Research data constitutes the essential basis for new knowledge. Huge volumes of data are generated in experiments every day. Due to the rapid development of digital data acquisition, the processing and long-term provision of data collections in digital form are becoming increasingly important. However, a project's research data is often scattered across research institutes, and is usually collected and managed by individual scientists. Due to the extra work involved and the lack of acknowledgement, this data is often poorly documented, making it difficult to access and store long term.

What are the advantages of publishing such data?

Publishing research data offers researchers and the scientific community numerous advantages:

  • Research data can easily be reused and verified
  • Positive impact on scientific reputation: publications featuring a link to the data used in the publication are cited more frequently (Piwowar & Vision, 2013; Henneken & Accomazzi, 2011)
  • Compliance with the "rules of good scientific practice" of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • The duplication of research data is avoided
  • Motivation to conduct new research

Where and how can I publish research data?

There are various ways to publish your research data, depending on the type of data and the specialist discipline. An overview of the possibilities can be found in "re3data" (Registry of Research Data Repositories).

In collaboration with other institutions, TIB is establishing an infrastructure for archiving and publishing research data within the DFG-funded project RADAR – Research Data Repositorium. RADAR currently provides a test system (beta version) that can be used on request. More

How can I make research data citable?

TIB has been a DOI registration agency since 2005, making it easier to gain access to research data in the long term. The use of DOI names (digital object identifiers) enables research data to be cited and linked. It identifies the research data directly, and is permanently assigned to it. More

What research data is contained in our collections?

The TIB Portal contains all research data that has been registered with a DOI name by TIB. More


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