Choosing a repository
What you need to consider when depositing your research data
1. Check your funder requirements:
Your funder(s) may mandate which repository you should use and they may also have other criteria about period of storage or the use of embargoes.
2. Check with the journal you are submitting to:
Some journals maintain a list of approved repositories they will accept, or have specific policies regarding data archiving you might need to comply with.
3. Check for discipline specific repositories:
Where possible, deposit your data in a discipline specific repository. This repository is more likely to have the best metadata schema for your datasets and will be where other researchers in your field expect to find them. If you are not sure, the re3data registry of data repositories is the best place to search. Make sure you choose a repository with a trust certification.
4. If you still have not identified a repository after checking all of the above, archive your data with the University
Research data from any University of Edinburgh research project may be deposited with the Research Data Service:
- Edinburgh DataShare is our open research data repository for datasets under 100 GB. Depositing is free of charge. DataShare is a trustworthy repository, holding the Data Seal of Approval and with a pending application for the more recent CoreTrustSeal certification.
- If your dataset is over 100 GB or must be restricted-access only, Edinburgh DataVault may be suitable, with capacity to handle multi-terabyte datasets. A fee will be charged where a project has deposited over 100 GB.
These repositories are not restricted to any discipline and are available for all researchers to use.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.
The content on this page was inspired by similar guidance from the University of Birmingham Library Services: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/research/rdm/Archiving-data/Choosing-a-data-repository.aspx