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Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."

Data sources

Data sharing is increasingly important in research and now often mandated by funding agencies.  There are many discipline-specific data repositories, many of which are open access.  Learn more about the Open Data movement through SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Also, check out our page on library data services to learn more on how W&M librarians can assist with your data for research projects.

Here are some resources for finding open access repositories in which to use or deposit your datasets. Some, such as Dryad, require a fee.:

W&M ScholarWorks, William & Mary's institutional repository where data is preserved and accessible through a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).


OA Repostitories

Selected Open Access Repositories

Depositing your work in an open access repository is another way to share your research.  Be careful to comply with copyright and licensing restrictions when uploading your published work to one of these repositories. 

News on big data

Vines, Tim. Is there a business case for open data? Scholarly Kitchen blog. 

GIS Data Sources

The Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA), located on the 2nd floor of Swem Library, has links to GIS data sources on its website.