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Repositories to Find or Host Data
Repositories can be used to find existing data which can be analyzed or combined with other data.
Additionally, if you need or want to share your data openly, you will need to identify a repository to host that data.
Data repositories can vary widely:
- Multidisciplinary versus specialized
- Free versus fees
- Supported data types
- Policies regarding who may post/share data
- Provision of DOIs or other persistent identifiers
Investigate the options carefully to determine what will be the best fit for your data.
Find Specialized Data Repositories
Multidisciplinary Data Repositories
Generalist Repository Comparison Chart
This tool from the Research Data Alliance compares characteristics of popular generalist repositories to help you choose the best one for your circumstances.
ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR supports FREE deposits of digital data, worldwide dissemination, long-term preservation, and other benefits.
"The Harvard Dataverse is open to all researchers worldwide in all disciplines." Click Sign Up to create an account, then choose Add Data.
Open Science Framework (OSF)
Open Science Framework serves as a scholarly commons for documentation, files, collaboration, and connecting to services for research outputs.
Data storage and sharing service, free for individual researchers.
Although GitHub is best known as a place to host programming code, it can also be used to openly host data.
Researchers get 20 GB of free private space and unlimited free public space. Upload any file format, up to 5 GB per file. Get DOIs for your work.
The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types. Data published are assigned unique DOIs. Data publication costs $120 (more for exceptionally large files), but some journals sponsor this fee.