Publishing your research data
Many funding agencies and academic journals now require that the data associated with your research will ultimately be made publicly accessible when the research is complete. Publication of your data is expected either upon publication of your article or within a reasonable time after the research concludes.
Data products may include, but are not limited to:
- raw data collected during fieldwork (pre-processing)
- models (code, batch files, etc.) used to process these data
- spatial data files
- classified or processed remotely sensed images
- supporting documentation (additional notes, photos, etc.)
- interviews and codebooks
- laboratory analysis outputs (text files, .csv)
There are many data repositories currently serving the research community and it is worth checking with your funding source to see if they have requirements for where the data are published and archived.
Publish your data at ASU
If your funder doesn’t have a specific requirement for data publishing, make your datasets accessible and discoverable in ASU’s Research Data Repository provided by the ASU Library. Our repository helps ASU-affiliated researchers share, store, preserve, cite, explore, and make research data accessible and discoverable. Research datasets can be directly downloaded, referenced through metadata, or analyzed via 3rd party applications.
- Datasets may be persistently cited
- Curation and preservation of research datasets and supplementary output
The Research Data Repository User Guide provides further information and instructions on how to get started and what you will need to do to prepare your data for publishing.
The repository supports the publication/reuse phase of the research data lifecycle and complements ASU’s KEEP institutional repository to present a consolidated picture of ASU’s scholarly activities.
Submit a request with the ASU Library to share and connect your publications and research data or for other questions related to scholarly publishing.
If you need to archive and publish data that fall outside of the ASU Library’s collection scope, a disciplinary repository may be an alternative solution. You can identify a suitable disciplinary repository via the Registry of Research Repositories, which hosts a searchable database of data repositories.
For managing secure data Contact the Research Data Management Office
ASU Library Open Science and Scholarly Communication
Research Data Services and Outreach Librarian, ASU Library
Data publishing considerations
Data use policies
A dataset is considered to consist of data resulting from a single research project. A dataset is considered to be incomplete without accompanying documentation (metadata) that provides information necessary to evaluate the quality of the data and to make use of it in future research activities.
Publication of a dataset makes it available to the broader research community.
Classes of data
Most datasets generated by ASU research projects will fall into this category. These data are considered shareable without restrictions, having been produced solely from local research activities or analysis using other publicly available data.
These data should be documented and made freely available within a reasonable time after collection. This timetable may be dictated by the funding agency or a journal if they relate to a submitted peer-reviewed manuscript.
Restricted data are exceptional datasets that are available only with permission from the PI/investigator(s) or limited to an approved population. These are rare in occurrence and justification for restrictions should be documented by the lead PI and project team. Examples of restricted data include:
- Datasets that contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII), although an anonymized subset of data may be published without restriction.
- Datasets in which some or all of the data are subject to copyright restrictions imposed by non-ASU institutions.
- Datasets in which some or all of the data are subject to licensing restrictions such as purchased satellite data.
The terms and timetable for the availability of restricted data will vary. Some repositories support the publication of a metadata description to aid in dataset discovery and these metadata are treated as public data.
Guidelines for acceptable use of research data
- While a researcher may make every effort to control and document the quality of the published data, the data are always made available “as is.” The university cannot assume responsibility for damages resulting from misuse or misinterpretation of datasets or from errors or omissions that may exist in data published by or on behalf of ASU researchers.
- It is considered a matter of professional ethics to acknowledge the work of researchers that results in data used in subsequent research. Arizona State University expects that any use of data from ASU sources will be accompanied by the appropriate citations and acknowledgments.
- We encourage users to contact the original investigator responsible for the data that they are accessing. Where appropriate, researchers whose projects are integrally dependent on ASU-supplied data are encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.