Find Research Data:

Discovery, Access, Reuse

Open Data 

Citing Data

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The benefits of making data as open as possible are many:

  • What is open data?
  • Benefits of opening up data for reuse
  • Overcoming commonly perceived barriers to open data
  • Five practical steps to making data open
  • Examples of open data in Research Data Australia

In 2011 ANDS commissioned the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University to examine the costs and benefits of public sector organisations (Public Sector Information or PSI) making their data freely available.

data citation poster

ANDS is engaged in a wide range of activities that will make it easier to share data, to ensure published data is persistently available and to make data citation standard scholarly practice:

  • ANDS Cite My Data - DOI minting service (machine-to-machine and manual minting options)
  • Implementing data citation strategies for institutions and researchers
  • Resources, explanations, examples
  • Downloadable posters, pamphlets, materials


Data Discovery and Access 

Publishing Data

Research Data Australia

Data must be able to be discovered and accessed before it can be reused.

  • Data can be accessible in a number of ways: open, mediated or following an embargo period
  • Research Data Australia is the ANDS discovery service for Australian research data. It provides information about more than 100,000 research data collections managed by Australian institutions

data publication


Publishing data includes sharing information about research datasets with Research Data Australia or discipline-specific portals, as well as making collections available to other researchers, either on an individual basis or through a formal publication process.

Sharing research data and information about datasets includes:

  • Copyright
  • Identifying datasets
  • Citing datasets
  • Academic articles
  • Data journals


Data Reuse


Social health atlas data reuse story

Explore how and why data, even some sensitive data, can be shared and reused.

  • Data is being reused by others in ways never envisaged by the original data creators 
  • Software and applications developed for ANDS projects are also available for reuse

Browse the ANDS library of data reuse stories including:

  • An ecological data story 
  • Building bridges 
  • Data sharing as a fundamental national research resource 
  • The benefits of sharing Government-commissioned, publicly-funded data for policy development