An effective way to make your data accessible is to store it in a repository. A repository can refer to any storage service that offers a mechanism for managing and storing digital content, where users can upload and download their data, and make it accessible and discoverable.
Benefits of digital repositories include:
Raise the impact of your research by allowing you to make data accessible to more people
Note: NIH is currently in the process of updating the NIH Sharing Policy and turning it into the NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan. They are taking suggestions/comments from the public with regards to this policy. For more information you can access here. The current draft contains 3 documents:
Data Sharing Requirements from Publishers and Journals:
To make your data/supplements available, first make sure that they are properly organized and labeled, and then simply upload your data/supplements to a data repository. You can:
General Considerations when deciding where to deposit your data
If you would like to make your data available, in addition to LibraData (UVA’s data repository), there are many data repositories to choose from:
Figshare allows users to upload any file format and accepts scholarly output including figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets. NOTE: NIH Figshare is now available. NIH Figshare is a partnership between NIH and Figshare to pilot a way to store and reuse datasets resulting from NIH-funded research. For more information on NIH Figshare the recording of a webinar 'What does the NIH Figshare instance mean for researchers?' is now available on Figshare
A free cloud-based service run by Elsevier.
A free cloud-based service based on the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN's) data repository platform.
Always make sure to check funder or journal requirements (they may recommend preferred repositor/ies).
For instance, there are a growing number of NIH-supported data repositories that make data accessible for reuse. NIH-funded researchers can deposit data into these repositories, however, some restrict data submission to only those researchers involved in a specific research network. See: NIH Data Sharing Repositories