Research data services

For institutions

Make the most of your institutional research data

We're passionate about making data sharing and research data best practice the new normal.

To meet the growing demand for research data management support, we're offering the following services specifically for institutions:

  1. Research Data Support for institutions: Helping researchers make their data easier to find, access, understand and cite.
  2. Research data training: Training solutions to benefit your team and researchers at your institution.
  3. Data availability reporting: Helping institutions understand how researchers are sharing their data.

We look forward to working with you to support your institutional aims.

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Practical challenges faced by researchers in data sharing.

Research Data Support for institutions

Helping researchers make their data easier to find, access, understand and cite.


Don’t have the time or resource to support researchers with research data management in-house, or just need some additional support to complement your team? We can help your institution follow research data sharing best practice quickly and easily.

Research Data Support for institutions is a service that organises, curates and deposits datasets. Our goal is to enhance research datasets, making them more valuable and discoverable to the wider research community.

Benefits for your researchers:

  • One-to-one support from experienced research data editors
  • Expert curation to ensure datasets can be easily discovered and reused
  • Dataset deposition in accordance with best practices
  • You and your researchers remain in control of your data (including licensing choice)

Institutional benefits:

  • Compliance with funders’ data sharing requirements and policies
  • Support to complement your institution's existing practices and policies
  • A reliable and scalable data support model for researchers
  • Increased exposure for your institution’s research: articles with open data are cited up to 50% more1​​​​​​​

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Research data training

Training solutions to benefit your team and researchers at your institution.


Our training programme directly addresses one of the main challenges researchers encounter around data sharing: organising data in a presentable and useful way.2 As part of the Nature Research Academies, we offer trusted quality and a professional perspective on research data best practice.

Our training programme helps attendees understand the value of research data and how data can be shared effectively. Training is available both for researchers and information professionals, and is appropriate for all levels of prior knowledge.

Training pathways and key learning outcomes

We offer three different pathways for training: Principles of Research Data Sharing, Practices of Research Data Sharing, and Supporting Research Data Sharing (which is specifically designed for institutional staff). 

Modules from these pathways can be mixed and matched, allowing you to build a one- or two-day workshop, or webinar series, to meet the needs of your institution.

Courses are suitable for researchers across all disciplines, and are held on-site at your institution or online.

Learn more about research data training - part of Nature Research Academies - for your institution.

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Data availability reporting

Helping institutions understand how researchers are sharing their data.


If your institution or library wants to understand more about how researchers are sharing data, we're here to help. 

Our data availability reporting service can aid compliance monitoring, saving institutions and research support staff time in understanding the data sharing practices of their researchers.

The report includes two main components:

  • A summary document including graphs of key figures, tables and an executive summary
  • The underlying data file - so institutions can conduct their own analyses and populate institutional data catalogues

Our service provides expertly curated and easy-to-understand information on how researchers at your organisation are sharing data associated with articles published in Springer Nature journals.

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1. Pienta et al (2010), Piwowar & Vision (2013), Henneken & Accomazzi (2011), Dorch et al (2015), Sears et al (2011)

2. Stuart, D; Baynes, G; Hrynaszkiewicz, I; Allin, K; Penny, D; Lucraft, M; et al. (2018): Whitepaper: Practical challenges for researchers in data sharing

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