Why Should I Archive My Data?

Archiving data benefits data producers, researchers and policy makers, and the scientific community as a whole.

Benefits to the Data Producers

Benefits to the Research and Policy Makers

Sharing data reinforces open scientific inquiry, encourages diversity of analysis and opinion, promotes new research, makes possible the testing of new or alternative hypotheses and methods of analysis, supports studies on data collection methods and measurement, facilitates the education of new researchers, enables the exploration of topics not envisioned by the initial investigators, and permits the creation of new datasets when data from multiple sources are combined.

-National Institute of Health (NIH)

Benefits to the Scientific Community

Fienberg (1994)