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Open data

Curtin researchers can publish their data through Curtin University Library as open data, which has many benefits for researchers.

The Library provides a DOI minting service, and collaborates with researchers on data projects including the Digital Mineral Library.

What is open data?

Open data is freely available, downloadable data that has minimal licensing restrictions.

The advantages of open data for researchers include:

  • increased exposure,
  • higher citation rates of both papers and data sets,
  • access to a broader base of research data and
  • adherence to grant specifications.

See an example of open data published by the Library. For further information on open access see the Curtin University Open Access Guidance Document.

How to publish open data

Curtin researchers can publish open data by filling out the data set publishing submission form. You will be required to give the following information:

Research details

  • A research project overview including who collected or created the research data, and how it was obtained and used.
  • Data coverage including location, time period, and how the content is identified.
  • The amount of data, how it is organised and file formats used. Open and non-proprietary formats are preferred, as proprietary formats are vulnerable to changes in technology and the market.
  • If any specific software is required to properly access the data.
  • If any specific critical workflows were used to process the data.
  • How the Library can obtain a data copy to place in archival storage (required to create a DOI).
  • Data collections, projects or publications related to the data.
  • Access restrictions to the data such as copyright, ethical requirements, project funding.


  • An ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor Identifier) is a free permanent digital identifier assigned to a researcher that links them to their research activities. e.g. data sets, citations and articles.

Terms of use

  • A simple approach is to use a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) – this ensures the researcher is credited appropriately and provides opportunities to re-use the work. The Library can provide advice on selecting a licence.

The Library will provide an estimated publication time. The turnaround depends on data size and complexity.

Researchers urgently requiring a DOI for their data should contact the Library at as soon as possible.

More information

The Library’s open data publishing supports Curtin University’s Research Data and Primary Materials Policy, which encourages best practice in data management.

Curtin University is a contributing partner of Research Data Australia (RDA), a portal for finding and accessing open data.