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Open access

This guide provides information about open access and new models of scholarly publishing, funding policies and compliance, and issues associated with copyright.

What is Open Data?

Open data according to the Open Knowledge Foundation's definition, is "data and content (which) can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose." The most important factors to consider when making your data open are:

  • Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.

  • Re-use and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.

  • Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute - there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.

ARC and Research Data

The Australian Research Council (ARC) encourages researchers to deposit data arising from research projects in publicly accessible repositories. The ACU Research Data Management Toolkit includes information about data archiving options for ACU researchers.

Making your Data Open at ACU

Researchers can work with library staff to ensure that datasets can be made available through ACU Research Bank and discoverable through Research Data Australia.

Benefits of sharing your data through Research Bank:

  • it is free to you
  • it can accommodate large file sizes an da variety of file formats
  • it can apply embargoes for access controls
  • it can provide a persistent identifier, such as a DOI
  • it includes sufficient metadata to enable discovery na dreuse
  • it is a copy of your data in the event that something should happen to your original
  • it is managed by the ACU Library.

Contact Library Research Services for more information.

Why is Open Data important?

Open data allows researchers, scholars, and students access a wider array of data and research to support further scholarship. Making data freely accessible allows for broader replication, new research ideas, higher citation counts, and building upon past research.

Data sharing can play a pivotal role in collaboration between academia, industries and communities more broadly. As such, research data is a significant enabler or pathway of “research engagement and impact” for many research projects.

Benefits of Open access