Before you begin your research, you want to know who owns the resulting data and if you may/must make it publicly available. In some cases, such as when you receive funding from a corporation, your sponsor may own the research data and forbid you to share it. In other cases, such as when you receive federal grant funding, you may be required to share the data. Keep in mind that some journals require authors to share data associated with an article. See specific requirements in the linksbelow.