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.  

Consider these questions before you commit to a repository:

  • Is the repository one that your researcher community would normally use to find the your research data?
  • Can your data be uploaded in a format useful to others in your discipline (and other disciplines)?
  • Can you restrict access to your data as needed (e.g., your data has personal identifiers or is proprietary)?
  • Can the data be cited and found in a unique and persistent way (e.g., with a data citation and digital object identifier—DOI)?
  • Are preservation actions being taken by the repository to maintain the integrity of your research data (e.g., steps to maintain file integrity, keeping multiple copies, etc.)?
  • How long are your data to be retained in the repository? What will occur at the end of that data retention period? 
  • Is there support provided for data documentation and/or data deposit? 
  • Are your rights as data depositor clear?
  • Are the rights and licenses under which your data can be accessed and used clear? (e.g., through Terms of Use)
  • What will it cost you to have your data deposited in this repository?

For some general factors to consider as you choose a repository, see Sharing Data.

Disciplinary repositories:

Below are some examples of discipline-specific repositories. Be sure to read the repository FAQ and submission instructions to ensure that it is an appropriate match for your research data.

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

  • openICPSR and ICPSR (NCSU is a member institution)
    • Data deposited to openICPSR is freely available to anyone and therefore meets sharing mandates which journals or funders may require. openICPSR offers a free Self-Deposit Package and a for-fee Professional Curation Package (plans and pricing).
    • ICPSR offers complete data curation. However, data is only freely available to ICPSR members and therefore may not meet certain sharing mandates.
    • For more information on depositing data with ICPSR, please contact the NCSU Libraries Research Data Services.

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, 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 submission 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 library_datamanagement@ncsu.edu for assistance identifying an appropriate repository for your data to aid in preservation, sharing, discoverability, and reuse.


Content on this page is adapted from JHU Data Management Services