Research and Data Services

Select a Repository for your Data/Supplemental Materials


How Do I select a Data Repository

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 your research profile- If data, is accessible and discoverable, the more other researchers cite your data
  • Keep your data safe and readable in the long-term
  • Meet funder or publisher requirements
  • 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:

  • Upload your data/supplements to the UVA data repository LibraData. Or
  • Choose an alternative data repository. See below for a list of available repositories. 

General Considerations when deciding where to deposit your data

  • What are your data sharing goals?
  • Cost
  • Is the repository appropriate for the type of data molecular structure, genomic data,etc.)?
  • Is it a general or discipline-specific repository?
  • Is the depository recommended by the publisher or funder?  If you are submitting your supplemental data in a journal article, you should check for the journal's data policy and data repositories specified therein
  • Is the repository recognized within the research field?
  • Who is the repository’s audience?
  • Does the repository provide a Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)?
  • Can the data be cited?
  • Will it be easy to find? Does it use metadata?
  • Does the repository permit download and re-use of 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:

 General Repositories 

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.

Discipline-Specific Repositories 

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

Additional Repositories

  • re3data is a global registry of research data repositories, you can search this database to find the best repository for your data.
  • OpenDOAR  global directory of Open Access repositories and their policies
  • Scientific Data and PLOS journals list discipline-specific repositories and cross-disciplinary repositories.
  • Cardiovascular Research Grid - Sharing Cardiovascular Data
  • Mouse Genome Database
  • Zebra Fish Model Organism
  • FlyBase - Online Data Repository of fly gene and genomes. 
  • WormBase- Access information concerning the genetics, genomics, and biology of C. Elegans
  • PomBase -  A comprehensive database for the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe
  • Protein Data Bank - Worldwide repository of 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies
  • ArrayExpress- One of the major international repositories for high-throughput functional genomics data from both microarray and high throughput sequencing studies.

Other Resources 


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