Data Repositories

What is a data repository?

Data repositories are storage locations for datasets and information about those datasets in a way that is searchable to users. Data repositories are often databases made available online, and they tend to have an overall theme for the type of data stored within, i.e., a repository may be relevant to specific field of study or research methodology. There are also general or multidisciplinary data repositories that cover a wide variety of topics.


How do I choose a data repository to deposit my data in?
  1. Some agencies, policies, grants, or journals may specify or suggest where data should be deposited. Make sure the repository you plan to use complies with any policies applicable to your research.

  2. If there is no specified or recommended repository, consider discipline-specific or research model-specific repositories.

  3. Turn to a general data repositories if no discipline-specific or research model-specific


What if I want to search for or browse through all available data repositories? logo


Re3data is a comprehensive registry of data repositories across the globe. Searching re3data will yield repository options, so you can find repositories related to subjects like “life sciences” or keywords like “cancer”, “genetics”, “health”, “proteomics”, and others.  

Finding a Data Repository by Funding Agency

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This table lists NIH-supported data repositories that make data accessible for reuse. Most accept submissions of appropriate data from NIH-funded investigators (and others), but some restrict data submission to only those researchers involved in a specific research network.

View NIH Data Sharing Repositories Table

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HHMI recommends depositing HHMI funded research into an appropriate disciplinary repository.

Reference the HHMI policy here


Finding a Data Repository by Discipline

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Scientific Data provides a list of disciplinary and open repositories evaluated to ensure that they meet the data access, preservation and stability requirements of Nature's Scientific Data journal.​

View Scientific Data recommended data repositories by discipline

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PLOS has identified a set of established repositories below, which are recognized and trusted within their respective communities.

View PLOS recommended repositories by discipline

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FAIRSharing provides a catalog of databases, described according to the BioDBcore guidelines, along with the standards used within them.

Search FAIRsharing databases



Cross-disciplinary Data Repositories

What are cross-disciplinary data repositories? Cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, or general data repositories are those that accept a wide variety of data and do not limit by topic.