Someone reads your journal article and is interested in re-using the underlying research data. Do you upload your data to Dropbox and share the link? Consider the following questions:

  • Would you like the data re-user to cite you as the author of the data?
  • Would you like the data re-user to include the link to your data in when he/she cites you?
  • Would you like your link to stay unbroken on a long-term basis?
  • Would you like to keep track of the number of downloads of your data?

If your answer is yes to any of the above, deposit and share your data via the NTU research data repository DR-NTU (Data)!

Dropbox DR-NTU (Data)
Easy to cite No Yes
Persistent link No Yes
Track data sharing impact No Yes
Google discoverable No Yes
Share with specific individuals Yes Yes
Auto-generated data citation* No Yes

*Data citation refers to the practice of providing a reference to data in the same way as researchers routinely provide a bibliographic reference to outputs such as journal articles, reports and conference papers. Citing data is now recognised as one of the key practices leading to recognition of data as a primary research output. Source: ANDS