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- Allow you to make data accessible to more people
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
Meeting funder or publisher requirements
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 Libra. 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?
- 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 LIBRA UVA’s institutional 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: Figshare has announced data repository partnership with the National Institutes of Health to store and reuse research data. Search for datasets at NIH Figshare
- 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
Cardiovascular Research Grid - Sharing Cardiovascular Data
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.
- Always make sure to check funder’s requirements, if the funder has a preferred repository.
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. For more information about NIH-support data repositories visit: NIH Data Sharing Repositories
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