Best Practices to Consider When Preparing for Data Sharing

The following checklist outlines basic considerations when developing a Data Management Plan (DMP):

Important to Note:

It should be noted that research data, even sensitive and confidential data, can be shared ethically and legally if researchers:

  • Include provision for data sharing when gaining informed consent
  • Protect personal, sensitive, or confidential data via anonymization
  • Consider controlling access to data
  • Apply an appropriate licence for your data

Many repositories offer embargo periods where the data is kept private until you are ready for its release (Share your research data, 2021).