Making your data open access is one way to manage and share your data! Sharing data can:

  • Further research and discovery in new ways (eg. interdisciplinary research),
  • Increase the impact of your work (eg. more citations),
  • and, if shared in data repositories, preserve and safeguard data for long-term.
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Open Access Week 2011
Top 10 Ways to Make your Data Open
Open Data Movement
Library Video on Open Data (7 min)

Open Access Week October 24-30, 2011

It's Open Access Week, and the University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating! Events and workshops on open publishing and scholarship are happening all over campus this week - check them out, and find other information on Open Access at the University of Minnesota, at

Your research data are valuable - and issues of access, preservation, and citation of research data are increasingly gaining attention among scholars. Several federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, require researchers to describe how they will share their data. Learn More.

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Research Data Open

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Research Data Open

10. Make data available upon request (e.g. by email).
9. Publish data as a supplement to your journal article in journals that support data supplements.
8. Post data sets to your project web site like the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
7. Publish in a data repository for your discipline, e.g. arXiv, ICPSR and others.
6. Publish in the University's Digital Conservancy like the Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics.
5. Ensure the openness of your shared data with a Creative Commons Zero license.
4. Use proper citation techniques for the data you reference in journal articles.
3. Don't limit data sets to short-term, proprietary formats like MS Excel - Learn More.
2. For private data, use anonymization techniques before sharing.
1. Manage your data throughout the research process.

Open Data Movement

"The scientific community generates increasingly vast amounts of publicly funded digital data and information, and disseminates much of it online. The public investment in the production and management of such data resources in the United States alone is estimated to be several billions of dollars. At the same time, there appears to be a broad recognition in both the public and private sectors of the importance of broad access to and reuse of publicly funded scientific data, not only for other researchers, but for the economy and society at large." -National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). Links to get started with the Open Data Movement
  • Open Data Commons: Learn how to make your data open in 2 mins!
  • CODATA: An interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • Is It Open?: An Open Knowledge Foundation Project

Library Presentation on Open Data

Sharing Research Data for Greater Impact- Presentation presented by OIT's Open University 20-by-20 event on April 20, 2010.