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Scholarly Communication: Open Data

This guide is designed to provide information on guidance on an array of important scholarly communication topics: rights, publishing, research impact and open resources.

Overview - Open Data

As with open access materials such as journals and books, "open data" refers to data that is freely available for anyone to download, analyze or use. According to this overview page from SPARC, open data greatly helps to ensure that advances in knowledge can be discovered by a much wider audience. For more detailed information, check SPARC's fact sheet on the subject; for a broad overview, check out the video below. Also, take a look at the resources in the box at right for specific ways you can deposit or access data.

The above video was created by the University of Guelph Library and was made available through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Open Data Resources

As with articles, gray literature and other kinds of documents, you can use Conn College's institutional repository, hosted by Digital Commons, to deposit data. And while there are many types of documents that the repository holds, we'd really love to grow the data collection. Please visit this page or contact Ben Panciera, director of special collections, for more information.

See the list below for information on accessing open data sets on the web.

Use the list below to access subscribed library data resources; for a full list of links you can use to access data, visit the library's page on Data Resources.