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Selecting a Data Repository: Considerations

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 other researchers and scholars
  • Keep your data safe and readable in the long-term
  • Meet funder or publisher requirements

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. And/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:

 

 

 

 

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General and Cross-Discipline Data Repositories

UVA Data Repositories

You can deposit your data in UVA's data repository, LibraData, and also in a generalist or discipline-based repository (see below). 

General Data Repositories 

  • Figshare - upload any file format and accepts scholarly output including figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets. 
  • Mendeley Data - a free cloud-based service run by Elsevier. 
  • Zenodo - a free cloud-based service based on the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN's) data repository platform.
  • Dryad - well-established repository led by a nonprofit organization that (note there are Data Publishing Charges)

Discipline-Specific Repositories

Check funder or journal requirements for recommended or 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

Submitting Data to the NCI CRDC And Other NIH Repositories  

Repository Directories and Lists

  • 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

Sample Discipline-Specific Repositories

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