Research Data Management
Many disciplines offer public repositories for researchers to deposit their data. Often, data management best practices dictate that researchers use discipline-specific, community-recognized repositories for long-term storage. Prior to selecting a repository, it should be evaluated for cost, sustainability, access, preservation, and other factors set out in your data management plan. Following are a few selected resources to help you get started.
- Open Access Directory Data Repositories - A list of open data repositories and databases
- re3data.org - A global multi-disciplinary directory of research data repositories
Funded by the German Research Foundation, re3data.org (REgistry of REsearch Data REpositories) is helpful for finding a repository for your research data or discovering existing data sets relevant to your research. In 2015, records from Databib were merged into re3data.org.
- DataONE - Deposit scientific research data
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) offers a search interface for discovering many kinds of scientific data. Deposits of scientific research data are accepted through DataONE's member nodes.
- ICPSR - Deposit social science research data
Based at the University of Michigan, ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) provides data curation and repository services for social science data and a search interface for discovering and using these data.
- QDR - Deposit qualitative and multi-method research data
Based at Syracuse University, QDR (Qualitative Data Repository) provides data curation and repository services for qualitative and multi-method data from the social sciences, health sciences, applied sciences, and humanities. The repository also offers a search interface for discovering and using qualitative data, as well as guidance and resources for managing, reusing, and teaching with qualitative and multi-method data.
General data repositories
If there is not an appropriate disciplinary repository for your data, you may want to consider using a general data repository. Below are some examples of data repositories that accept data from all disciplines. Be sure to read the repository FAQ and “how to deposit data” instructions to ensure that it is an appropriate match for your research data.
For more information about good practices for storing your data, visit KU's research data management site.
|Repository Name||Format||Size Limit||Persistent Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||Curation Service||Accept Restricted Data?||Embargo||Cost|
|DataOne Dash||Any||2 GB per file
10 GB per dataset
"Data must not violate privacy or copyright, or breach confidentiality or nondisclosure for data collected from human subjects." Source
SPSS (.por & .sav), STATA, R, Excel (.xlsx), CSV
Varies by data type and Dataverse installation (displayed above file upload in application)
User can set access terms for individual files; this is not a substitute for de-identifying data. Source
Users are able to keep datasets unpublished for share/download via private URL. Source
|Dryad||Flexible||Fees apply for datasets over 20 GB||Yes||No||No
“Dryad does not accept submissions that contain personally identifiable human subject information, since all data is publicly available. Human subject data must be properly anonymized and prepared under applicable legal and ethical guidelines.” Source
|Yes, with limits. Source||Free|
5 GB per file
20 GB per private space
Unlimited per funded dataset
No restricted data, but users can create metadata-only records representing sensitive datasets.
|Open Science Framework||Any||Varies
5 GB per file (add-on for larger files)
5 GB total limit per registration across all storage being archived
Available with a purchased upgrade to Professional Curation Package
There is a fee for others to use the restricted data
Currently (Dec 2016) depositor can delay access by publishing as restricted dataset though openICPSR is developing a delayed dissemination function that will make embargo more streamlined
|Free and Paid options
Free for Self-depositing Package; fee for professional curation based on number of variables and complexity of data
|Zenodo||Any||2 GB per file
Unlimited file uploads
Distribution is the responsibility of the original depositor
|KU ScholarWorks||Flexible||2 GB per file||Yes
DOI or handle URL available
|No, but guidance is available||No||Embargo options||Free for KU faculty, staff, and students|