What is open research data?

Open research data refers to the data underpinning scientific research results that has no restrictions on its access, enabling anyone to access it.

The indicators chosen are

  • availability of data repositories
  • policies of research funders and journals
  • researchers' attitude towards data sharing

You can download the chart and its data through the dedicated menu within each chart (top right of the image). 

For more information, see the methodology report.

Number of repositories

This indicator includes the research data repositories included in Re3data.

Funders' policies

This indicator covers the types of mandates established by research funders concerning data archiving, as displayed in the Sherpa-Juliet database.

Journals' policies

This indicator shows journals' policies on open data, as reported in Vasilevsky, 2017.

Researchers' attitude towards data sharing

This indicator shows how researchers share data and their underlying attitudes, based on the survey for the 2017 report "Open data : The researcher perspective".

Additional indicators

There are other indicators to monitor open research data, such as:

Case studies

You can find here a set of detailed case studies available for download, that will be updated over time.

  • Open Targets

    An innovative, large-scale, public-private collaboration on pre-competitive research that provides comprehensive and up to date data for drug target identification and prioritisation.

  • Yoda

    An initiative to increase access and availability of clinical research data and to promote the re-use of such data to create new knowledge. YODA facilitates access to full clinical trial data made available by third party Data Holders to promote research that supports scientific endeavours and public health.

  • The Netherlands’ Plan on Open Science

    Three key ambitions for open science: 100% open access to publications, research data made optimally suitable for reuse, and evaluation and valuation systems to recognize and reward researchers.

  • Structural Genomics Consortium

    Open access to research results on less well-studied areas.

  • FAIRport

    Aiming to provide a minimal but comprehensive framework for developing and implementing good management and stewardship of research data and metadata in life sciences.

  • Zenodo

    A general-purpose open access repository of research data and journal publications.

  • Reproducibility Project

    A collaborative effort to replicate 100 psychology experiments.

  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey

    An astronomical survey, collecting large data sets to reflect the large-scale structure of our universe in multi-coloured images.

  • Figshare and GenBank

    How open research data repositories can contribute to open science, how they can operate, and their coverage.