Research data remain a valuable resource, even after the life of the research project for which they were collected and used. Sharing the research outcomes enables future researchers to open up new lines of enquiry without the duplication of effort involved in collecting the data again.
Many research funders now encourage or require researchers to share data.
Researchers should have a plan for how and when their research data can be shared (if indeed it can be), what might limit or prohibit data sharing, and what can be done to enable other researchers to correctly cite data where it has been made available.
Find out what to take into account when sharing data by exploring this section further.