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Sharing and communicating

This page lists selected literature and online resources. Some are related to existing tutorial pages, while others are not. They are supposed to be of high interest to this site’s users.

Several of the resources were added based on an inspiring talk by Julia Lowndes at the SAFRED conference, Brussels, 27 Feb 2018.

Sharing data

  • Ellis & Leek (2017): guidelines for providing data to a scientist / statistician: provide raw data, format consistently, include metadata & preprocessing steps
  • Wilkinson et al. (2016): the FAIR data principles: date are to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable
  • Culina et al. (2018): overview of online data infrastructures and considerations to be made
  • Perkel (2016): data repository sites like github and others


  • Smith et al. (2016): recommendations of the FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group


Culina A., Baglioni M., Crowther T.W., Visser M.E., Woutersen-Windhouwer S. & Manghi P. (2018). Navigating the unfolding open data landscape in ecology and evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2 (3): 420–426.

Ellis S.E. & Leek J.T. (2017). How to share data for collaboration. PeerJ Preprints 5: e3139v5.

Perkel J. (2016). Democratic databases: Science on GitHub. Nature News 538 (7623): 127.

Smith A.M., Katz D.S. & Niemeyer K.E. (2016). Software citation principles. PeerJ Computer Science 2: e86.

Wilkinson M.D., Dumontier M., Aalbersberg I.J., Appleton G., Axton M., Baak A., Blomberg N., Boiten J.-W., Silva Santos L.B. da, Bourne P.E., Bouwman J., Brookes A.J., Clark T., Crosas M., Dillo I., Dumon O., Edmunds S., Evelo C.T., Finkers R., Gonzalez-Beltran A., Gray A.J.G., Groth P., Goble C., Grethe J.S., Heringa J., Hoen P.A.C. ’t, Hooft R., Kuhn T., Kok R., Kok J., Lusher S.J., Martone M.E., Mons A., Packer A.L., Persson B., Rocca-Serra P., Roos M., Schaik R. van, Sansone S.-A., Schultes E., Sengstag T., Slater T., Strawn G., Swertz M.A., Thompson M., Lei J. van der, Mulligen E. van, Velterop J., Waagmeester A., Wittenburg P., Wolstencroft K., Zhao J. & Mons B. (2016). The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Scientific Data 3: 160018.