Southern Cross University recognises the need for responsible research data management and meeting the requirements of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Research datasets and data collections are showcased through the University's repository, Southern Cross Research Portal and Research Data Australia.
Evidence is emerging that research data that can be discovered, cited and re-used raises the profile of researchers and can create new collaboration opportunities. Listen to our Podcast Destination Research: SCU's Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie talks about her experiences of the various stages of research data management.
Both the ARC and NHMRC are “strongly encouraging” open access, not only to research outputs but also, to research data. This follows a global trend that has been adopted in the UK, the EU and across many high impact publications, such as PlosOne. The responsible management of research data is a requirement of any ARC and NHMRC research grant, and many journals.
Data collections do NOT have to be publicly accessible via the Internet. We recognise that legal, ethical, and commercial restrictions apply to many data collections, and that access could require a password, direct contact with the researcher, and in some cases even applying to the ethics committee or the governing group for the project.
However it is possible to describe your data - without making it openly available. View an example of a restricted dataset here.
Contact your librarian to talk about different levels of access as well as legal, ethical and commercial restrictions.