Why publish your data set?

Data publishing is public disclosure of the research data you have collected. It is about making your research data findable and reusable for others for verification purposes or for future research and researchers.

The WUR data policy requires that all research data underlying a scientific publication must be available for reuse and verification for at least 10 years. A way of fulfilling this requirements is by publishing your data in a repository. Additionally, more and more funders and publishers now require you to publish the research data on which your research papers are based. Besides complying with funder policies and the WUR data policy, publishing your data in a data repository has several advantages:

  • Your data are kept for the long-term in accessible data formats (see ‘File Formats’).
  • A data licence is applied, acknowledging data rights and setting terms of use (see ‘Data Licences’).
  • A data repository assigns a persistent identifier (e.g. Digital Object Identifier (DOI), accession number) to your data set, ensuring your data can be found, cited and linked to your publication(s). See for more information the website from the Digital Curation Centre: How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications.
    Please note that when you upload data to your own server or as supplementary material to your research paper, your data will not be independently citable.
  • The visibility of your data increases to other users. For example, when registering a data set in Pure, your data becomes visible in Research@WUR.