Different levels of access can be placed on research data.
Access levels range from Open Data through to restricted data access.
Open Access and Open Data
Research data is open if it is freely available to use, reuse and redistribute. The highest restriction on open data would be attribute and share alike.
For further information see Open Data.
Researcher-mediated access allows access to the data after approval from the researchers. This ensures that the data is used correctly through the provision of further context.
The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) page on publishing data describes the various data publishing options that are available to researchers.
Research Data Australia helps you find, access, and reuse data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.
Restricted access can be applied to research data which is stored in a data repository. Researchers can command password-controlled access to the research data whilst allowing for discoverability and global awareness of their research.
Restricted access should apply to: