DataShare: Open Data for the Global Research Community
DataShare is a new web-based product that aims to address the growing need for data sharing tools and services at UCSF and beyond. A collaboration between the UCSF Library, CTSI, and the California Digital Library, DataShare fosters a culture of open science, reduces barriers to data sharing, encourages good practice, and enables investigators to publish any type of research data in a way that supports discoverability, citation, and long-term access.
DataShare allows UCSF researchers to:
- Upload, describe, and share data
- Discover, download, and reuse data
- Comply with a funder’s or publisher’s data sharing policy
- Participate in the growing open science movement
Why should scientists make their research available in a public repository?
- It helps confirm original results, generate new hypotheses, develop new analysis techniques, test software tools, and train the next generation of researchers.
- It supports more efficient use of funding by avoiding duplicate data collection.
- It discourages fraud and facilitates collaboration.
- It generates additional citations through data reuse (see Piwowar et al, PeerJ, and Data Citation Index).
- It feeds into altmetrics tools that measure the impact of research output (e.g. Impact Story).