What is a data repository?
A data repository is a type “of sustainable information infrastructure which produces long-term storage and access to research data” (re3data.org). A data repository provides long-term storage and searchability of data used in scientific research.
Why use a data repository?
The NIH mandates the writing of a data management and sharing plan as of January 25, 2023 for all grant applications. Beyond NIH’s DMS Policy plan mandate, a data repository ensures accessibility and encourages reuse of data beyond the life of a grant or a single research project.
How to choose a data repository?
Choosing a data repository can depend on the research type, the grant type, or the data type. There are two main types of data repositories: "discipline-specific" and "generalist" repositories.
Discipline-specific repositories should be given primary consideration, since they will allow for optimal discovery and reuse. The NIH has compiled a list of scientific data repositories for making data available, which is organized by discipline. The NIH DMS Policy does not endorse or require the use of a data repository affiliated with the NIH.
If no discipline-specific repository exists, it is appropriate to choose a generalist repository.
You can find a searchable table of NIH-supported, discipline-specific data repositories here:
You can find a registry of research data repositories here:
UNMC is recommending the use of several generalist repositories, including