Why share data?
Data collected by a project may be of interest to participants, scientists, policymakers and the media. Sharing data is a good way to celebrate participants' contributions, encourage ongoing and repeat participation and promote the success of a project.
When sharing data, it important to provide participants with recognition for their contribution and consider the intellectual property (refer ‘CC-BY’) and to provide clear definitions of data ownership. You can find more information on the Intellectual Property Management Framework for the NSW Public Sector page.
If you are wanting to maximise the impact of your data on scientific research and decision-making or want to reduce the likelihood of your data being deleted, moved or corrupted then you should ensure it is stored in an appropriate repository.
A repository is simply a storage facility for your data and an appropriate repository is a secure and accessible storage facility. In general, this means that data stored on hard drives, share drives or other similar places is potentially insecure and is not maximising your data’s capability. Storing data in a repository will allow you to ensure that your data will always be accessible and if it has an associated webservice then your participants will be able to see their contributions which improves ongoing retention.
If you collect biodiversity data and you are not part of DPIE, you can assess whether your data can be stored on BioNet by submitting an enquiry. Otherwise, you can store your data on the Atlas of Living Australia’s BioCollect. For storing other data types check out: Dryad, DataONE, FigShare or others listed here.