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 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?

- 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 LIBRA UVA’s institutional 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: Figshare has announced data repository partnership with the National Institutes of Health to store and reuse research data. Search for datasets at NIH Figshare

Mendeley Data

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: 

- 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.

- 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


Other Resources: 

Data Seal of Approval

Data Cite



• Contact us: 


Genome Data Sharing Policy and dbGaP Submissions

Submitting Data to Sequence Read Archive

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