Can I just share metadata?

Let others know your data is available by publishing your metadata without uploading any file(s) via HDX Connect. Once users request access, you decide what to share.

This is a good option if:

  • You are in the process of collecting data but you are not finished.
  • Your data contains personally identifiable information.
  • You need to restrict access to your data.

Sensitive data should always be shared via a secure channel, such as encrypted email or an encrypted file transfer service. Share the password to decrypt data separately via a different secure channel. You may want to establish a data sharing agreement before sharing sensitive data.

For more on responsible approaches to data sharing read this guidance note.

Learn more about HDX Connect through the walkthrough slides below. Read this blog to understand the research and rationale behind HDX Connect.