Reasons to Manage and Publish Your Data
The MIT Libraries can help MIT faculty and researchers manage and publish
data that they produce. This site describes resources available for managing
data throughout their life cycle.
- Increase the visibility of your research: Making your
data available to other researchers through widely-searched repositories can
increase your prominence and demonstrate continued
use of the data and relevance of your research.
- Save time: Planning for your data management needs
ahead of time will save you time and resources in the long run.
- Simplify your life: Enabling
a repository to house and disseminate your data lets you focus
on your research rather
than responding to requests or worrying about data that may be
housed on your web site.
- Preserve your data: Only by depositing your data
in a repository can
you be sure that they will be available to you and other researchers
in the long-term. Doing so safeguards your investment of
time and resources (including any work done for you by graduate students)
and preserves your unique contribution to research.
- Increase your research efficiency: Have you ever had a hard time understanding the data
that you or your colleagues have collected? Documenting
your data throughout
its life cycle saves time because it ensures that in the future you
and others will be able to understand and use your data.
- Documentation: Managing
and documenting your data throughout its life
cycle ensures that the integrity and proper description
of your data are maintained.
- Meet grant requirements: Many funding
agencies now require that researchers deposit in an archive
data which they collect as part of a research project.
- Facilitate new discoveries: Enabling other
researchers to use your data reinforces open scientific inquiry and
can lead to new and unanticipated discoveries. And
doing so prevents duplication of effort by enabling others to use your
data rather than trying to gather the data themselves.
- Support Open Access: Researchers are becoming increasingly
more aware of the need to manage their work and consider issues of
scholarly communication. The Open Data movement advocates for researchers to share their data
in order to foster the development of knowledge.
major benefit for contributors [to a data archive is that they]
will always be able to find and copy their previously
submitted files from the long-term archive." -- Big
opportunities in access to "small science" data,
Onsrud, Harlan and James Campbell. Data Science Journal, Volume
6, Open Data Issue, 17 June 2007 p.7
"I've had thousands of downloads of my published data--I am impressed
that it's been so useful to others!"
Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development
For advice on a data management project, contact:
Bioinformatics and Biosciences Librarian
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Building Technology Librarian
Social Science Data Services & Economics Librarian
Senior GIS Specialist
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Librarian