Finding and reusing data

Finding useful research data produced by others can be difficult.

Data resources that are relevant for research in the humanities are currently available in many different data repositories. Many of these are project-based, some of which become permanent collections, while others shut down once the project’s funds are used up. In order to secure your research data that are worthy of preservation, you should store them in a data repository which ensures preservation for a minimum of 5 years.

There are different registers of data repositories and data, some of which can be found in the list below. Please let us know about any repositories not on the list that you find interesting.

When reusing data

When reusing other researchers’ data, it is important to be aware of the rules for using the data and the license conditions. You should also be aware of how the publisher of the data wants to be cited and how to refer to the data.

You should be very aware of how the data is described and pay special attention to the following questions:

  • How is the data created or collected, how was it designed and what was the purpose of the data?
  • Which methods, procedures or tools were used when collecting or generating the data?
  • Is there a data collection protocol, interview manual or something else describing the details of creating the data?
  • How has the data been modified, adjusted or annotated and have these changes been documented?
  • Is the available information sufficient for assessing the quality and applicability of the data in relation to your research?
  • Are the license conditions clear and sufficient or is it potentially possible to contact the publisher for an arrangement?

Sites for inspiration

In this section, we intend to gather some examples of reuse of research data. Please share your experiences with us at forskerservice@hum.ku.dk.