Share your data

Scientific knowledge is open by nature. Sharing and re-using data are increasingly important parts of the scientific process. Making your data publicly available enables the results to be reproduced and new analyses to be conducted. The researchers will gain more merits and funding opportunities through increased visibility. The quality of the research improves and data sharing opens new opportunities for collaboration.

We recommend sharing research data whenever possible. When considering if you should make your data available for reuse, the rule of thumb is to make the data "as open as possible, as closed as necessary". You will need to weigh in factors such as IPR and ethical issues or licences applied to the data or the publication based on them.

Services for sharing files

Various services enable you to share data within a project or for a wider audience. With the services listed below, data may be shared with others directly from storage services or sent as standalone files.

  • Funet Filesender is a secure way to temporarily share even large files with anyone. You can log in with Haka ID to upload your files or invite people to send you a file.
  • Allas provides you an object storage shared among project members within computational enviroment (HPC) and across the Internet. Data can be shared with an open download link outside the service.
  • Fairdata IDA provides you storage space shared among project members. Files and folders can be shared outside the service with a temporary download link (or opened and published with metadata and a persistent identifier via other Fairdata services).
  • B2DROP is for sharing and syncing files with colleagues and team members.
  • ELIXIR offers computational access and tools for global biological data resources.

Services for publishing research datasets

When you wish to allow access to your data on a wider and more permanent basis, we recommend publishing your data together with its descriptive information, that is, metadata. The published data should also have a persintent identifier, which enables citations. These enable other people to discover your data and make it re-usable.

The services below are are not tied to a specific field of science.

  • Fairdata services enable publishing the data stored in Fairdata IDA with Fairdata Qvain. The data is published in Fairdata Etsin, which provides a persistent identifier for your dataset, enabling citations. Access to data can be given either openly or based on requests.
  • B2SHARE, as a part of EUDAT services, provides a data publishing platform, which provides a persistent identifier for your dataset, enabling citations.

If you're interested in using a subject or domain specific data archive, we recommend contacting your home organization's data support for more guidance. Re3data, the Registry of Research Data Repositories, is a global registry where you can browse and search for data repositories by subject, country or content type (e.g. software applications, audiovisual data etc.)

Services for exploring open research data

There are dedicated services for open research data, offering access and tools to e.g. query and visualize open datasets. Open data has been licensed so that it can be reutilized in research, teaching etc.