Sharing data

There are a number of different platforms and services that can be used to share your data, both general and subject-specific. Publishers and journals also offer services for sharing research data. Which service is most suitable may depend on what kind of data you have, and how you want to make the data available.

All data is not possible to share due to legal, ethical or commercial reasons. If your data contains sensitive information, personal data or copyrighted material, the ways in which you can share your data are restricted. Other reasons for restrictions can be if the data belong to another organisation as a private corporation, or if the data involve information about business secrets or financial information. Non-sensitive personal data can be shared if the material is de-identified.

According to the H2020 Program Guidelines on FAIR Data, data should be “as open as possible and as closed as necessary”, “open” in order to foster the reusability and to accelerate research, but at the same time they should be “closed” to safeguard the privacy of the subjects.

Use standardised licenses, for example, CC-licenses, to clarify how your data may be used.

There are national repositories, like Swedish National Data Service (SND), and tools for open research, like for example Zenodo or Figshare. There is also a possibility to search for other platforms in the search service Re3data.


Last published: 2022-02-28