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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

  • Mandates
    • Funding agency
    • Publisher
  • 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
    • Secure access to dataset
  • Cost / Fees to deposit

If you have any questions about data repositories, please contact us.

 
   
 
 

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