Research Data ServicesData Sources

Data Sources in the A-Z List

Data sources are listed by subject in the Databases A-Z list.

Here is a list by subject, but you can also go to the Data Sources in the A-Z list and select your subject area.

General Data Repositories and Data Centers


FigShare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable, and discoverable manner.

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 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.


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


DataCite is a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs. Organizations within the research community join DataCite as members to be able to assign DOIs to all their research outputs. This way, their outputs become discoverable and associated metadata is made available to the community. DataCite then develops additional services to improve the DOI management experience, making it easier for our members to connect and share their DOIs with the broader research ecosystem and to assess the use of their DOIs within that ecosystem.

Google Data Search
Recently initiated, a work in progress.