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Data Repositories: Data Repository

What is this guide for?

R-MC does not have an institutional repository. This guide is aimed for providing open resources and help all R-MC data users including Data Management Plan (DMP) users to identify relevant repositories for research data management.

What is a data repository?

A data repository is a storage space for researchers to deposit data sets associated with their research. A repository can help you:

  • manage your data
  • preserve your data over time
  • facilitate discovery of your data
  • cite your data by a persistent identifier to increase citation rates

How to select your repository?

"Data should be submitted to discipline-specific, community-recognized repositories where possible. Where a suitable discipline-specific resource does not exist, data should be submitted to a generalist repository."1 The following online directories maintain lists of data sources and repositories across a wide range of disciplines.

  • FAIRsharing A cross-disciplinary platform that houses manually curated metadata on standards, databases and data policies. It is searchable and provides a list of certified data repositories.

1 Nature.Scientific Data. (n.d.). Data Repository Guidance.