Open data

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Definition

Research data are "factual records (e.g. microarray, numerical and textual records, images and sounds, etc.) used as primary sources for research, and that are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings.

Digital data is the starting point for new research, so it is not uncommon to find researchers using data from one study to build on, or conduct longitudinal studies that compare data for repeated observations.

Research data at Canadian institutions are not being systematically managed and therefore valuable data is under-utilized, accompanying documentation is not user-friendly, clear or comprehensive, metadata is not produced, and data is not preserved for long-lasting usability.



Acknowledgements
Content for this section was gathered from Research Data: Unseen Opportunities: An Awareness Toolkit, commissioned by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)