There are thousands of data repositories that can serve as a permanent home for your data. Choosing the right one should be based on a simple decision tree, yet much like choosing a publishing venue before you write your article, the choice of repository is better made before you do your research.

All of the repositories mentioned below provide permanent identifiers (DOIs) as a way to better publicize your research results.

Do you want a discipline agnostic repository?

There are several good repositories that accept and publish data from all domains. These provide  broad discovery and access services for your data.

  • Harvard’s instance of Dataverse accepts research data from any academic discipline.
  • FigShare started as a way to share data behind published scientific figures and has grown to accept pretty much anything.
  • ZENODO accepts data from any discipline as well as computer code hosted on github.

Is there a domain specific repository that suits your data well?

There are thousands of domain specific data repositories, some of which existed before the advent of digital data storage. The three below are very common, but there are many, many more (see the search tool at datacite).

  • Dryad is a good repository for data in the life sciences
  • ICPSR is a considered the standard for the social sciences
  • ChemSpider is well known in chemistry

Would you like to search an index of all known repositories?

There is a well maintained registry of known research data repositories maintained by re3data and hosted at datacite.

Still don’t know?

With so many choices choosing can be difficult. Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation. You might also consider depositing your data in the University of Miami Institutional Repository.