Wellcome Open Research
Growing a culture of data sharing
As data is essential to research and key to reproducibility, the Early Career Researcher Advisory Board (ECRAB) for Wellcome Open Research has launched a Data Sharing Campaign. We want to grow a culture of data sharing by raising awareness, sharing information and developing discipline specific resources on data sharing to help all researchers shift to open science practices. This site will be a hub for all the content.
Easier said than done…
Open data – are you enthusiastic or apprehensive about openly sharing your data? Even for those who are willing to share their data, the journey can sometimes be arduous, with unexpected challenges and hurdles to overcome, so it’s not surprising that even the most tenacious might be put off.
We know it can sometimes be a struggle, and many are facing the same difficulties, which is why we’re here to lend a helping hand. We’ll be easing you into the process, educating and guiding you with useful advice and case studies, so that you can familiarise yourself with the requirements, but also enrich your research by making it open and accessible for other to reuse. Believe us, your efforts are worth it in the long run.
Share your data story
“We are keen in the WOR ECRAB to promote and support good practice around open data and data sharing. There is fear and insecurity around what open data and data sharing might mean on an individual level. Data sharing might also seem like an arduous and thankless task to achieve at the end of a project when time is limited.
We are excited to be launching a data sharing campaign where we hope to address some of the key issues faced by ECRs. Openness is a key ingredient to progressive, reproducible and efficient science as well as a solid foundation on which to build a better and kinder research culture. It is our aim to help ECRs develop their own open data good practices, guided by the success of others, and to implement it at every stage of their research. It is our hope that our fellow ECRs will develop their own vision for open data and data sharing, which will shape the future of research for the better."
Updates from the ECRab
How to guides
Be FAIR, be Open - The aim of these quick guides is to serve as a handy go-to to help direct you when it comes to organising your data in a useful way, through formatting your data in spreadsheets; selecting an appropriate repository; and choosing a license.
Download your go-to guide to making your data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR)
Download your guide to Licenses
Download your guide to Repositories
Download your guide to Spreadsheets
Download your guide for Sharing Sensitive Data
Call for Data Notes
Data in practice
Sharing ideas and data
Presenting your Data Champions
There to advise, encourage and support you on best data practices. In this piece, data stewards from different institutions around the globe have kindly shared their knowledge and expertise. For those in need of inspiration and useful pointers, read through these pieces of advice on why and how to openly share your data, and this list of data collection tips and resources to help manage data collection.
"Do it - it can only benefit you. Not only will it highlight your collaborative spirit, it also acts as a sign to the scientific community that they are dealing with a trustworthy scientist who values rigour and quality over quantity."
Ralitsa Madsen, University College London
The data sharing lifecycle
When you are new to data sharing, it is sometimes hard to know where to start. The ECRAB have put together a data sharing lifecycle which walks you through each stage of the process. Each step contains guidance, how to guides, or hints and tips.
All the material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0), so you are free to share and adapt this material, but we ask that you credit Wellcome Open Research in any reuse.