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Publishing strategy guide


Publishing research data is becoming more common. Some journals and funding bodies now require publication of research data. There are several ways to publish your data, including:

  • deposit datasets in an online repository
  • submit the data for publication in a data journal. Read more about data journals in the Data Journals Guide from the Australian National Data Services



  • ResData is the UNSW Library service for managing and publishing UNSW research data
  • it is a portal that creates Research Data Management Plans (RDMPs) and enables publishing data on Research Data Australia

Data publishing platforms

There are a range of platforms available for publishing data. In addition to ResData, UNSW researchers have institutional access to Dryad. Also, general repositories and subject specific repositories are available to individuals. When choosing the best publishing platform, check they meet your needs. You should consider:

  • the file size you are uploading
  • what licence you intend applying to the dataset to control how others use it
  • the sensitivity of the data and where it can be shared
  • if you intend to create a new version of the data

For support in publishing your data, please contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian.



Harvard Dataverse

OSF (Open Science Framework)

File limit

300GB via UI

>300GB by arrangement

50GB via UI

>50GB possible by arrangement

2.5GB per file

1TB total per user

5GB per file

(larger files can be stored in add on services)


No cost

(for UNSW staff)

No cost No cost No cost


DOI minting Y Y Y Y
Usage statistics Y Y    

Closed/restricted files permitted

Private permitted for period of peer review Y Y Y

Storage location

USA CERN Data Store USA Australian data centre can be selected

File formats



Any Any
Public API   Y Y Y
Integrations   GitHub GitHub Amazon S3, Bitbucket, Box, Dataverse, Dropbox, Figshare, GitHub, GitLab, Google Drive, OneDrive and ownCloud
Licence CC0 only See Conformant licences and SPDX licences CC0, custom licence terms possible Any

No personal health information

No sensitive data

Sensitive data must be anonymised No sensitive data Personal health information data must be stored with a third party service

Questions to ask when publishing research data

  • does the data have a DOI?
  • is there adequate metadata?
  • UNSW Research Infrastructure has some solutions for data storage
  • see Where should I store my Data? in Research Data Management at UNSW
  • you also have the option of investigating if your faculty has its own repository, or if there is a more suitable discipline specific repository that should have your data record or dataset on it


These questions all reflect the FAIR Data Principles:

When research data is shared it should be in a way that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. 

The Australian National Data Service outlines more aspects of FAIR Data.

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