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Open Data

Why do I have to make my data open?

Many research funders (research councils, charities, foundations) believe that publicly funded research data are a public good, and should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible. Funders have their individual data policies, which provide beneficiaries with instructions on how to treat research data.

Some funders require researchers to include a statement in their publications describing how to access the underlying research data (or a statement explaining any restrictions). Funders have also introduced policies on research data management, and require data management plans as part of funding applications. You may be expected to upload your data to a funder- or subject-specific repository, or to your institutional one. Find out more about the repositories available here.

Find out what your funder requires regarding research data management on the Research Data website here: https://www.data.cam.ac.uk/funders.

How to upload your data to the University repository, Apollo

Please check if/ where your funder requires you to upload your data. If they are happy for you to do so, you can upload your data to the University of Cambridge institutional repository, Apollo, as follows:

A. Login to your account (using your Raven password) on Symplectic Elements at: https://elements.admin.cam.ac.uk/login.html.

B. Select Accepted for Publication? (in red at top right of screen) and follow the directions.

How do I make my data open and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable)?

Use open data standards and identifiers such as those described by the CCDC (Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre) in this presentation.

See our website on converting your data into open formats.

Further information

The Research Data team handles all research data queries. The team has prepared comprehensive guidance to help you plan, create, organise, share, and look after your research materials. They also deliver regular training sessions and workshops on research data management in locations around the University, and can provide one-to-one training and consultancy. Their contact email is info@data.cam.ac.uk, and their website is https://www.data.cam.ac.uk/.

Members of staff from the University's Office of Scholarly Communication gave a presentation on 'Sharing your research' (covering both open access and open data) on 19th April 2016.

Have a look at our Open Data FAQs for chemists website to find answers to common questions that have been raised by members of the Department of Chemistry.

Our Chemistry Data Champions might be able to help.

Open Research at the University

The University of Cambridge Open Research Position Statement summarises the University’s approach to Open Research. It sets out key principles for the conduct and support of Open Research at the University. The Statement can be found here: https://osc.cam.ac.uk/open-research/open-research-position-statement.