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Ethics and research data

Understand the ethical requirements relating to your data
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There are various ethical issues that may arise when publishing and sharing your research data. Most ethics inquiries should be directed to the Ethics Office. The main concerns around ethics and data sharing include consent and privacy.


Informed consent should be obtained before collecting data from participants in research. You may need to obtain consent from participants to publish, share or re-use their data (including publishing it in an open or restricted access archive). Templates for consent forms and further information are available on the Ethics website.


In most circumstances data that you publish should have identifying characteristics removed to ensure that individuals can not be identified. This includes ensuring, where possible, that individuals will remain anonymous if their data is linked with other datasets. The ANDS De-identifying Your Data guide provides a good overview of this process.