Why share data with ODC?

Benefits of sharing and publishing data with ODC

  • Your data will all be organized in the same data format and be easily accessible and interpretable for you and your lab even in years to come.

  • You will be ready when funders and journals expect you to publish all the data they funded/that are related to a manuscript or a project.

  • You will be able to compare your findings to those from other labs and use data from other labs to guide your own experiments.

  • You will contribute towards reducing data bias and promote better research transparency.

Sharing research is critical for scientific progress. Current approaches to data sharing in scientific communities primarily include direct sharing (i.e. via email) between individuals, upload of data as supplementary materials in a publication, or minimally-regulated sharing through personal websites or social media platforms. However, these options do not make the shared data FAIR: data is not readily findable, not broadly accessible, and almost never interoperable and reusable. The best way to publish data is using data repositories which offer capabilities specifically oriented to the goal of sharing data. The ODC is currently the only community-driven data repository for SCI and TBI research. This specific focus allows us to align the repository with FAIR data principles and the SCI and TBI community’s needs. Sharing data through the ODC unlocks latent potential in research data through FAIR principles, enabling the SCI and TBI communities to better tackle its many challenges.

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