Saturday 6 March is Open Data Day 2021an international celebration of open data, including university research data! Events held on Open Data Day help to highlight the benefits of open data and encourage adoption of open data policies for governments, businesses and society 

The benefits of open data 

We’ve all witnessed the benefits of open data in the past 12 months. As Professor Barbour explains, the astonishingly short time frame of COVID-19 cause isolation, symptom identification, genome sequencing, diagnostic tests and potential treatment discoveries was only possible due to global open science efforts. So how can Griffith University researchers share research data in a way that makes it findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for the benefit of society at large?  

Data publication support 

The Library has developed the new repository, Griffith Research Online (GRO) Research Data Collection, to make it easy for researchers to publish their data. GRO Research Data Collection is supported by linked storage to Griffith’s Research Storage Services and other approved locations.   

Datasets submitted to GRO, such as Dr Chris Brown’s Fishscape and creative research works like The Other Fears exhibition by Jacinta Giles, can have Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) automatically minted to improve discovery and citation tracking. The service supports researchers efforts to make their data open and meets the Australian Research Council’s policy mandates as well as the Open Access Directory’s journals with open data policies  

Keen to find out more?  Explore our services, tools and training on working with research data. 

The Library’s Research Specialist team is also available to provide advice on using GRO and other research data repositories or platforms.