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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.

Open Access Data Journals

Data journals are a means to share datasets and provide detailed information about the methods and instrumentation used to acquire the data.

Google Dataset Search Beta

Google Dataset searchenables users to find datasets, no matter their location, through a familiar interface and simple keyword search.

Data Citation

Data citations are required by funders, allow the impact of data to be tracked, are separate from publication citations and 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 Beta

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

NIH Figshare

NIH LogoThe NIH is piloting Figshare as a way to make datasets resulting from NIH-funded research more accessible. All NIH-funded researchers can have a place to store and share their research datasets underlying publication figures and tables, as well as data not associated with publications.

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