Sharing data

How can you share or reuse your data, and with whom?

Sharing data

There are a number of different ways and different services that can be used to share data. Which service is most suitable depends on what kind of data you have, and how you want to make the data available. Some services to consider:

  • Subject specific services, look for repositories at Re3data (registry of research data repositories).
  • National repositories, like Swedish National Data Service (SND)
  • Tools for open research, like Zenodo or Figshare etc.
  • Journals, either regular journals in which data can be made available in connection to a published article, or specific data journals where the purpose is to make datasets available. 

If your data contains sensitive information, personal data or copyrighted material, the ways in which you can share your data are restricted. If you want to make it available, it must be de-identified first.

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

Reusing data

The services and platforms above may serve as a way to find existing data for further use. A great deal of cultural heritage data and public sector data is openly available to download. Many of these data sources use open APIs that facilitate the download.

When using someone else’s data, make sure that the citation includes the copyright owner, version (if applicable), information about where the data is stored (for example, use a DOI or another type of persistent modifier). 

Further resources

LUPOP, examples of data repositories




Creative Commons licenses

DataCite – Cite your data

Last published: 2020-09-11