Data repositories and data centers

Research Data Management

Best Practices

Data Repositories

Depending on the research discipline, data can often be deposited in one or more data centers (or repositories) that will provide access to the data. These repositories may have specific requirements :

  • subject/research domain
  • data re-use and access
  • file format and data structure, and
  • metadata.

See sharing data for guidelines on what to consider as you select a place for your data.

You may want to use the University of Oregon Libraries' institutional repository, called Scholars' Bank, for your data.

Some journals and societies also have published basic criteria for repositories. For instance, Earth System Science Data (Journal) repository criteria.

Discipline-related repositories

See also: browse or search the re3Data.org list of repositories, or the DataBib list of repositories and other directories of repositories.

Chemistry

  • Cambridge Structural Database - small molecule crystal structures
  • ChemSpider - free-to-access collection of chemical structures and their associated information
  • eCrystals - x-ray crystallographic data
  • PubChem - NCBI's repository of bioactivy/bioassay data and information for "small" molecules (i.e. not macromolecular). Both text-based and structure-based search tools are provided

Computer Science

Environmental and Geosciences

GIS and Geography

Life and Biological Sciences

Physics

Social Sciences

  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) A non-profit, membership-based data archive located at the University of Michigan. The UO is a member of ICPSR, which allows students, staff, and faculty to access ICPSR data files and documentation for research.

    You can also deposit your data with ICPSR
     

  • Dataverse Network is a collection of social science research data contained in virtual data archives called "dataverses". Maintained by the IQSS (Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard), you can create your own "dataverse" and upload your data, subject to certain terms.

Directories of repositories

re3data ("REgistry of REsearch REpositories") List of repositories

DataBib List of repositories

DataCite List of Repositories Compiled by the British Library, BioMed Central, and the UK's Digital Curation Centre.

Distributed Data Curation Center: Other Data Repositories Managed by Purdue University Libraries, the Distributed Data Curation Center lists of more than 50 open data repositories from a range of science disciplines.

Gene Expression Omnibus The Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) is an open data repository which provides access to microarray, next-generation sequencing, and other forms of functional genomic data submitted by the scientific community.

Global Change Master Directory The Global Change Master Directory, maintained by the Earth Sciences Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), provides access to more than 25,000 earth and environmental science data sets, relevant to global change and Earth science research.

MIT Data Management and Publishing: Sharing Your Data The MIT Libraries' subject guide on data management and publishing includes a list of open data repositories spanning the disciplines of astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, earth science, oceanography and space science.

Oceanographic Data Repositories Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) provides access to several oceanographic data repositories created by the US Joint Global Ocean Flux Study and US Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamic programs.

Open Access Directory: Data Repositories Launched in 2008 and hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, the Open Access Directory is a wiki that lists links to over 50 open data repositories in the disciplines of archaeology, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, geosciences and geospatial data, marine sciences, medicine and physics, as well as multidisciplinary open data repositories.

Public Data Sets on Amazon Web Services Amazon Web Services provides a centralized place to download public domain and non-proprietary astronomy, biology, chemistry and climatology data sets.

Maintained by: Brian Westra, bwestra@uoregon.edu
Created by bwestra on Jul 10, 2012 Last updated May 16, 2014