Sharing your Research 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.

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.

  • B2DROP is for sharing and syncing files with colleagues and team members
  • Data stored in Fairdata IDA can be shared among project members, shared outside the service with a temporary download link or opened and published with metadata and a persistent identifier
  • Data stored in Pouta Object Storage may be shared among project members or with an open download link outside the service
  • Funet Filesender is a secure way to share large files with anyone. You can log in with Haka ID to upload your files or invite people to send you a file.
  • ELIXIR offers computational access and tools for global biological data resources 

Services for publishing research data

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.

  • Data may be published in B2SHARE, which provides a permanent identifier for your dataset, enabling citations
  • Data stored in Fairdata IDA can be described as a dataset, published, and opened for others to download utilizing Fairdata Qvain. The data is published in Fairdata Etsin, which provides a permanent identifier for your dataset. Access to data can be given either openly or based on requests.

If you're interested in using a subject or domain specific data archive, we recommend contating 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.)

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.