Data can be an important research output in its own right as well as providing supporting evidence for published findings. In some disciplines the availability of data has led to a quantifiable increase in the number of citations for a related publication. Internationally infrastructure and services are emerging that will support the citation of datasets.

When planning a project, consider:

  • the audiences for your research and how they could make use of the data you will be collecting – is your work of interest to policy makers, not-for-profit agencies, the commercial sector or the general public, as well as to other researchers?
  • the data management and data sharing requirements of journals you might publish in
  • the availability of data journals for your discipline for publishing data outputs
  • how you could use data to communicate your results more effectively - data in raw and visualised forms adds interest to your publications and conference presentations
  • whether an institutional repository or subject repository can disseminate your data – these services assign your data a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) that will help with citation and impact tracking, and provide information about your data to search engines like Google Scholar and registries like Research Data Australia.

Incorporate your data dissemination plans into the sections of grant application forms dealing with publication and research impacts and/or data sharing.

Resources and contacts

Seek advice from eResearch Services, if required.