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Research Data Management for the Health Sciences: Choosing a Data Repository

Research data is becoming increasingly important. This Medical Library guide will introduce you to research data management skills, and connect you to relevant services and resources across the Yale Campus.

Choosing a Data Repository

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. Consider discipline-specific or research model-specific repositories

3. Turn to a general data repository if no discipline-specific or research model-specific one exists

Data Repository Directories

Use the tools below to find an appropriate repository for your research data. logo



Data Repositories by Funding Agency

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View NIH Data Sharing Repositories Table

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.

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Find NSF data at

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

Reference the HHMI policy here

Data Repositories 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