An important facet of the Open Access effort is the emerging movement around Open Data. Open Data is “research data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone—subject at most to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” For scholars and researchers seeking public or private funding, such agencies increasingly require grant proposals to include data management plans and/or to prioritize public access.
To help you manage this rapidly changing landscape, the UW Libraries created a Data Management guide with a variety of relevant resources and information about producing and disseminating research data. If you are looking for sources of Open Data, federal, state, county, and city repositories are available. Additional resources are listed on our Data Resources guide
You can learn more about Open Data from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and via the Open Data Handbook. If you have any other questions, please contact us.