What are some of the useful ways of sharing and dissemination of research data that has been painstakingly collected as part of the research process? Is it enough to share and disseminate research reports or should we be sharing datasets too? What are some of the desirable practices of licensing reports and data openly such that others can reuse and build upon them? How do we archive and store data for long term preservation? How do we make more of data, graphs and charts as tools for research communication?
As we reach the completion of research projects as part of ‘Exploring the Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries’ (ODDC), these were some of the interesting questions that were reflected upon, in a monthly web meeting hosted by the Web foundation along with the research partners on 15th April 2014. Melanie Brunet (Research Librarian at IDRC) and Barbara Porrett (IM Systems Analyst, IDRC) talked about sharing and archiving research findings and reports in the IDRC system through the IDRC Digital Library (IDL). Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN) gave a very useful presentation on Zenodo, a research data archive to store and share research data.