Data management

Benefits

Increases visibility and impact of research

Research data made publicly available through a data repository can increase the impact of that research (e.g. citation rates).

Ensures compliance with funding agency policies

A growing number of funding agencies demand that researchers manage and share their data upon completion of a research project.

Enhances collaboration

Publicly available data allows researchers to collaborate with each other by sharing data sets, research environments and tools.

Enables replication and verification of research results

When data are archived and shared, results are repeatable and data can be used for reanalysis, backing up original research findings. They may also be used to expose errors or inconsistencies with original data analysis.

Open Data at the World Bank (April 2011 article)