For enquiries relating to open research, please email your discipline's liaison librarians or arrange a time to consult a librarian.
Alternatively, you can contact the library by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University has a data repository where you can publish your data: melbourne.figshare.com. You can access melbourne.figshare.com using your University credentials.
Data published in melbourne.figshare.com can be shared at the appropriate level of openness:
You can contact the Digital Stewardship (Research) team for support with publishing your data with melbourne.figshare.com.
It may be most strategic for you to publish your data in a discipline-specific data repository, where it will be found by other researchers in your field. You may already be aware of prominent data repositories in your area of study. Your colleagues or your supervisor might also be able to point you towards suitable repositories. Another method of finding suitable discipline-specific repositories is by consulting a registry of data repositories such as re3data.org or the FAIRsharing catalogue of databases.
There are also several general repositories where you can create an account for free and deposit research data from any discipline. These include
You may also want to promote your data by publishing a data paper in a data journal. Data papers provide an opportunity for you to describe your dataset in detail and have your work peer-reviewed. Here are some methods of finding data journals:
Data can be cited, just like any other research output. The citation format recommended by DataCite is:
Creator (PublicationYear). Title. Version. Publisher. ResourceType. Identifier
Version and ResourceType are optional properties. The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) provide an example of a data citation using this format.
The Identifier property is most commonly a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You will receive a DOI for your data, so that it can be cited, when you deposit it with most data repositories, including melbourne.figshare.com.