Basic assessment of data repositories related to your discipline is important to prepare research data for sharing and deposit. In general, there are two categories of data repositories:
- Domain-specific focuses on specific discipline
- Multi-disciplinary combines several fields of study or academic interests, such as the Illinois Data Bank.
Exploring data repositories
Use re3data.org to select a data repository that might be appropriate for your current or upcoming research project. Consider subject coverage, scope, and types of data/files accepted.
Considerations for choosing a repository
- Audience / Users
- Scope of data or project
- Standard practices in your discipline:
- Established descriptive terms (metadata)
- Specific software to read data files
- Repository specifications
- File types, formats, sizes, etc.
- Data reuse and impact
- Sensitivity of dataset
- Cost / Fees to deposit
If you have any questions about data repositories, please contact us.