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Data Management: Locating Data

Directories of Data Repositories

Although not comprehensive, these directories are a good place to start searching for a data repository.

Data Citation

Citing data should be as easy as citing publications. Data citations:

  • are required by funders
  • allow the impact of data to be tracked
  • are separate from publication citations
  • enable credit to be given to author(s)

Two citation templates are commonly accepted:

  1. Creator (Year): Title. Publisher. Identifier (such as a DOI)
  2.  Force11: Author (Year): Title. Repository, Version. Identifier (such as a DOI)


dataMED is a prototype biomedical data search engine. Its goal is to discover data sets across data repositories or data aggregators.

General Repositories for the Sciences

A Comparative Review of Various Data Repositories 


Dataverse Project at Harvard University hosts research datasets from around the world.

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DRYAD a nonprofit data repository for international scientific and medical literature.

figshare is a repository for research files of any type.    


Zenodo is developed by CERN under the EU FP7 project OpenAIREplus

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