Open data is data that anyone is free to use, reuse and redistribute without restriction (except, perhaps the requirements to attribute and sharealike). For a definition of open data see http://opendefinition.org/.
The benefits of sharing your research data include increased citations and impact, facilitation of collaboration and answering new research questions. Also, data sharing is now mandated by many research funders.
Making your data FAIR
Following the FAIR principles will ensure your data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-useable.
What data do I need to keep?
It is not realistic, or desirable, to keep all research data for all time. Efforts to preserve data should be focused on the data which are likely to generate the most value over the long term.
Share your research data
Share your data through a data repository or data journal.
The online registry of research data repositories can help you find a suitable repository to store your data, both discipline-specific and general repositories are available.
The University of Salford has an institutional data repository, Figshare, where you can securely store and share your data at the end of a project.
If you would like to share your data on the institutional Figshare repository, email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.