Over the past decades there has been exponential growth in the volume of data available. This growth in data availability brings opportunities to enable (cross-disciplinary) research, but also increasingly challenges finding relevant data for your research.
Nevertheless, considering reusing data could
- Avoid duplication in generating data...
- ... which saves time and money
- Help in improving and/or validating research methods
- Allows integration (e.g. meta-analysis) of data from different studies...
- ... which opens up new avenues of research
Where to find existing data?
- Research@WUR lists data sets in different repositories by Wageningen University & Research authors.
- DataSearch lists data sets from various disciplines. It also contains supplementary data from scientific articles.
- DataCite also lists data sets from a range of disciplines.
- Mendeley Data list data sets from a range of disciplines and from multiple (institutional) repositories
- OpenAIRE lists data sets and other types of research output
- WorldWideScience lists data sets and other types of research output
- ScholeXplorer collects links between data sets and literature. This way it enables you to find data sets underlying articles, or articles based on data sets.
- Re3Data lets you browse data repositories rather than data sets. Once you find a suitable repository, you can look for a data set on the repository website.
- Zanran is a service that scans the public internet for webpages that contain numerical data or statistics.
- Reference to the data in an article
- Supplementary files
- Data journals
- Colleagues with (un)published data sets
- Personal or institutional websites