When do I better refrain from publishing my research data?

There are legitimate reasons to not publish and grant the general public access to your data:

  • In case you want to apply for a patent.
  • In case your data contains confidential or personal data (for example from questionnaires or interviews) that could not be annonymized and / or where you do not have a written form of agreement from your test persons to publish these sensible points of data.
  • In case your research is funded by a commercial sponsor who did not agree to publication.