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How to make your scholarly work open access

Open Data on the Shelves

Licenses and Copyright

Assuming your data can be openly shared, consider the following as you decide which license to choose:

  •     what license(s) does the repository support or provide?
  •     what are your preferences regarding reuse, attribution, derivatives, and commercialization?
  •     what are the research funder, institutional, and publisher requirements?

Data, in and of itself, is not copyrightable. For open access data, consider using Open Data Commons (ODC) licenses for publishing data. There are three types of ODC licenses:

    Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License v1.0
    Open Data Commons Attribution License v1.0
    Open Data Commons Open Database License v1.0


WashU Digital Research Materials Repository

The WashU Digital Research Materials Repository is a subset of the OpenScholarship institutional repository. Your primary research materials will be archived and accessible for future researchers to reuse, which increases your research impact. If your grant funder or publisher includes data sharing and archiving requirements, curating your data with the WU Libraries will fulfill this requirement. Curating your research materials with the library will involve enriching your data beyond the standard storage and backup techniques. Improve the discoverability and cite-ability of your research materials through the assignment of a DOI and the dissemination of your research to international linked data platforms.