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Data Management: Data Repositories

Directories of Data Repositories

Although not comprehensive, these directories are a good place to start searching for a data repository: Data Portals for open government data and for research data.

Data Portals

Data Journals

A new type of journal specifically for describing and sharing datasets.

Note: BioMed Central has introduced a Minimum Standards for Reporting Checklist for data submitted to GigaScience.

Additional Biomedical Data Repositories not yet included in directories


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 have been proposed, the most recent from Force11 in 2013.

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



dataMED BETA 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

                               Dataverse Project at Harvard University hosts research datasets from around the world.
Image result for dryad repository image 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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