Data Repositories

NC State does not have a ready-for-deposition long-term storage option for research data. It is recommended that you use multiple forms of storage and backup and consider using a disciplinary data repository or a general data repository for long-term curation and sharing of data. 

When selecting a data repository to facilitate sharing your data, consider discipline-specific repositories for making your research accessible to your community of interest.  For some factors to consider as you choose a repository, see Sharing Data.

Disciplinary repositories:

Below are some examples of disciplinary repositories recommended for specific disciplinary areas. Be sure to read the repository FAQ and “how to deposit data” instructions to ensure that it is an appropriate match for your research data.

Social Sciences:
ICPSR (NCSU is a member institution) and openICPSR (plans and pricing)

Earth Sciences:
Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance

Environment and Ecology:
Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity

Hydrologic Data and Models:
HydroShare

Materials Science and Engineering:
Materials Data Facility

Ocean and Coastal:
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Re3Data is a tool that can help you find disciplinary data repositories across hundreds of research areas. This vetted source helps answers questions such as who can deposit data and if there are any specific requirements for depositing data.

General data repositories:

If there is not an appropriate disciplinary repository for your data, you may want to consider using a general data repository. Below are some examples of data repositories that accept data from all disciplines. Be sure to read the repository FAQ and “how to deposit data” instructions to ensure that it is an appropriate match for your research data.

General code repositories:

Simulation software and other types of code are considered research data. Below are some repositories for this data type.

Who can you contact if you need help or have questions?

Please contact us at for assistance identifying an appropriate repository for your data to aid in preservation, sharing, discoverability, and reuse.