Open Data

Finn Hackshaw

Open data is data that is instantly available, at no cost, to the public.

The University Library provides the following services to support the open sharing of research data to promote research access, accountability, reproducibility, and vigor:

Data Management Plans

The Library can assist you in developing a data management plan (DMP) tailored to your research and data needs. Help is available online and in person.


Iowa State University’s DataShare is an open access repository for sharing and publishing research data created by University scholars and researchers. There is no charge to use this service.


Workshops on data management are held periodically and by request. Workshops for data management cover DMPs, data mangement and data sharing best practices, and more.

Find Open Data

A wide variety of websites, institutions, and governments have made data available to the public at no cost. Below are some links to get you started.