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Maximum research impact: With research data

This guide is for faculty, staff and students who would like to increase the impact of their research and I would be happy to get feedback about it.

Increasing your research impact with findable data

Apart from documents, you can increase your impact by compiling the research data and make it searchable through Google Scholar, Google Dataset, Mendeley Data, Zenodo, GitHub, for example among other search tools. Making your data findable increases the use of your data and citation of your documents, and enhances your reputation. 

What is Research Data Management

Research Data Management (RDM) is "how you look after your data throughout your project. It covers the planning, collecting, organising, managing, storage, security, backing up, preserving, and sharing your data and ensures that research data are managed according to legal, statutory, ethical and funding body requirements" (Whyte, A. & Tedds, J., 2011).

RDM occurs in every stage of the research lifecycle, not just at the end where all the data files are simply zipped up in a folder for storage.

Source: The University of California, Santa Cruz, Data Management LibGuide

DOI Minting Service@NUS Libraries

NUS Libraries provides DOI minting service through DataCite for NUS Staff. 

If your dataset is hosted in ScholarBank@NUS, a DOI will be assigned to it automatically. 

To get a DOI for your scholarly output, please contact Please indicate the resource type (e.g., dataset, website, technical report, etc.) and provide a short description of your items in the email. 

In order for NUS Libraries to mint a DOI, the item must fulfil these essential criteria:

  • The item (digital object) must be a scholarly output of NUS staff, for e.g., research data and collections, technical reports, websites, software, visualization, etc.
  • The item must be open or licensed on the web with a valid URL. Please make sure you have the rights to make it publicly available.
  • Please provide the minimum required metadata information for the item. The metadata information submitted will be open to the public and used freely for discovery. This is the information needed to create a DOI:
    • Resource Type
    • Title/Name
    • URL
    • Creators
    • Date of Publication/Date Available
    • Subjects
    • Publisher
  • Please provide perpetual online access to the item.
  • You are strongly recommended to provide a landing page with full information about the item as well as the download links.

List of Data Repositories

Best Practices for Research Data Management