Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data

Ethan P White, Elita Baldridge, Zachary T. Brym, Kenneth J. Locey, Daniel J. McGlinn, Sarah R. Supp

Abstract


Sharing data is increasingly considered to be an important part of the scientific process. Making your data publicly available allows original results to be reproduced and new analyses to be conducted. While sharing your data is the first step in allowing reuse, it is also important that the data be easy to understand and use. We describe nine simple ways to make it easy to reuse the data that you share and also make it easier to work with it yourself. Our recommendations focus on making your data understandable, easy to analyze, and readily available to the wider community of scientists.


Keywords


data; data sharing; data reuse; data structure

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4033%2Fiee.v6i2.4608




ISSN: 1918-3178 Ideas in Ecology and Evolution
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