How-To: Finding a Suitable Repository

A certified and trusted data repository is the ideal storage location for your data and an interesting option to make your research data increase your scientific impact. Determining a suitable data repository depends on several factors, for example: Does a discipline specific repository already exist? What requirements on the data, the metadata and the repository exist on the side of the publisher, if the research data accompany a publication? Which legal restrictions need to be accounted for, e.g. copyright, data protection, embargo periods required in the project’s context?

A great resource for finding a discipline-specific data repository is the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data). Repositories can also be found via the data citation index (Thompson Reuters, commercial). The world’s authoritative and quality-assured directory of open access repositories is OpenDOAR.

Repositories and publication services @ Göttingen Campus

For text publication:

For data publication:

  • General purpose data repository at the Göttingen Campus
  • GFBio: German platform for biological data, with partners from Göttingen Campus
  • HDC: Humanities Data Center for research data in the humanities
  • TextGrid Repository (Humanities), with partners from Göttingen Campus
  • DARIAH-DE Repository: The DARIAH-DE repository as a digital long-term archive for human and cultural-scientific research data

Below you can find a selection of general purpose and discipline-specific repositories. If you cannot identify a suitable repository with the links provided on this page, please contact us, and we will gladly assist you in your search. Please also take a look at our Explain! pages on FAIR principles, Metadata and Identifier for information on how to make your data findable and citable in order to receive credits for sharing or publishing your data.

General and discipline-specific repositories (selection):

  • arXiv: e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics
  • B2SHARE: A user-friendly, reliable and trustworthy way for researchers, scientific communities and citizen scientists to store and share small-scale research data from diverse contexts with access management control. B2SHARE is a EUDAT service, sponsored by the European Commission.
  • CLARIN-D Overview of German archives for language related research data
  • DRYAD: The Dryad repository provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of scientific data types and collaborates with many publishers.
  • figshare: Online digital repository for publications, figures, datasets, images, and videos operated by Macmillan Publishers. It is free to upload content and free to access, in adherence to the principle of Open Data.
  • VerbundFDB: This merger of data centres provides a repository and develops services for empirical educational research. (in German)
  • GenBank: DNA sequence data bank of the National Institutes of Health
  • GESIS Data publication and registration services at the Leibniz-Institute for Social Sciences
  • Laudatio (Long-term Access and Usage of Deeply Annotated Information), Open Access Research Data Repository for historical Corpora at HU Berlin
  • List with accredited data centres in the social and economic sciences by the German Data Forum (RatSWD)
  • Zenodo: Repository for all research outputs from across all fields of science and any file format which promotes Open Access, but also allows restricted access. Zenodo is a service funded by the European Commission under the project OpenAIREplus.

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