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Data Repositories and Data Centers

These resources preserve and provide access to data, so the search results are typically only for those items which are held by the repository or data center.

Broad Coverage Repositories and Indexes

figshare
A repository where “research outputs are available in citable, shareable and discoverable manner.”

Zenodo
Zenodo builds and operates a simple and innovative service that enables researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share, preserve and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories of the research communities.

Government Data Sources

Global Open Data Index
The Global Open Data Index provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the state of open government data publication across the world.

Data.gov
Data from across goverment organizations and agencies. Includes Agriculture, Climate, Consumer, Ecosystems, Education, Energy, Finance, Health, Local Government, Manufacturing, Maritime, Ocean, Public Safety, and Science & Research.

Discipline-specific

Open Access Directory – Data Repositories
List of many discipline-specific data repositories.

CPANDA (Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive)
The world’s first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S.

DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth)
The foundation of new innovative environmental science provides the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-disciplinary science data. DataOne’s Investigator Toolkit incorporates existing tools such as DMPTool, Mendeley, ONER (DataOne R Client) and OneDrive.

Dryad Digital Repository
A curated resource that provide the data underlying scientific publications in evolutionary biology and ecology.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR hosts a data archive of over 500,000 files of research in the social sciences, and 16 collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Databases
NCBI, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has many datasets/repositories relevant to biotechnology and biomedicine. The navigation menus on the left side of NCBI homepage is a good starting point.

NIH Data Sharing Repositories
A list of data repositories supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and data sharing policies.

SLDR/ORTOLANG (Speech and Language Data Repository)
Primary data, secondary data, tools and collections in speech linguistics.

UK Data Archive
The United Kingdom’s largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities.

Data Indexes

These resources provide an index of datasets, usually a compilation from records across a variety of repositories and data centers. The search results will usually be in the form of links to the point of description within a repository or center.

Data Citation Index
Discover research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation

Google Data Search
Recently initiated, a work in progress.

Cite Data

When writing a paper or doing a presentation, it’s important to cite the data files used, even if it is data that you have produced.

Citation Elements

A data citation should include at least the following elements. These will depend on the research discipline, source data center/repository, and data format.

  • Responsible party (i.e., investigator, sample collector, creator)
  • Title of dataset
  • Date of publication of the dataset
  • Version, when appropriate
  • Name of data center, repository, and/or publication
  • Analysis software, if required
  • Date accessed
  • Identifier (e.g., DOI or other persistent link)

Tip: If you have a DOI, you can use the CrossCite DOI data citation formatter or the DataCite Citation Formatter to create citations corresponding to a variety of citation styles.

Most data repositories will provide a suggested citation for their datasets. Some will also request citation of related publication(s) along with the data. Follow the most appropriate format while meeting the requirements of the data suppliers.

Guidelines and Examples

Style guides/manuals are beginning to include data as a resource type. However, the Citation Formatters (above) will provide the information in a style that approximates style requirements.

Here are some examples of guidelines: