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Research Data

A guide for locating, managing, and sharing research data.

Research Data & Scholarly Communications Lead

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Jess Newman
Assistant Professor
Research Data & Scholarly Communications Lead
UTHSC Health Sciences Library
Lamar Alexander Building
877 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

Repository Listing

Domain Specific Repositories

BMIC has maintained a list of NIH-supported data repositories at this site for the last several years. Visit this list of both domain specific and generalist repositories for locating re-usable datasets as well as sharing your own data in compliance with NIH Data Sharing Policy.

Generalist Repositories

Generalist repositories that house data regardless of type, format, content, or subject matter.

* Information about the NIH GREI (Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative)


Generalist Repository Comparison Chart

Name Description

Figshare is an online, cloud-based, multi-disciplinary repository. The provide their own instructions on signing upuploading and publishing datasharing and citing data, and finding data already in the repository. They also have a variety of video tutorials available. 


(Open Science Framework)

The Open Science Framework is a tool that promotes the open sharing of research workflows. They create a variety of useful guides for beginners, as well as some more advanced tutorials



Dryad is a non-profit data repository offering both institutional members and individual researchers a secure location for research data storage.

  • Subject/Discipline: multidisciplinary, initially biosciences
  • Data Types/Data Status: Unstandardized file types found in most research. Final, from accepted peer-reviewed journal articles, or dissertations & books.
  • File Format/File Size:  any that follow accepted community standards and follow preservation-friendly file formats.
  • Deposit Size Limitations: excess storage fees for data packages totaling over 20GB
  • Accepted Metadata Schemas: any, so long as relevant details about data collection, processing, and analysis are included in a README document.
  • Persistent Identifiers provided: DOI
  • Levels of Access to Deposited Data: Unpublished, Published
  • Fees: yes, base charge per data package is $120
  • Data Curation Services (yes/no): yes
  • Where Indexed: DCIOADOpenDOARre3data

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of social science data, and is expanding into other disciplines as well. ICPSR provides Web access to documentation and data files for use with statistical software, such as R, SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

  • Subject/Discipline: social and behavioral sciences, with specialized collections in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
  • Data Types/Data Status:  accepts quantitative, qualitative and GIS data; final project status
  • File Format/File Size:  SAS, SPSS, or Stata files preferred. ASCII and other file formats also accepted. 
  • Deposit Size Limitations:  no reported limit for curated ICPSR deposit; 2GB free self-deposit in OpenICSPSR 
  • Accepted Metadata Schemas:  Recommended: DDI metadata schema
  • Persistent Identifiers provided:  DOI
  • Levels of Access to Deposited Data:  Open; Secure Online Analysis (public or password-protected); Restricted Use Data Agreement; Virtual Data Enclave; Physical Data Enclave
  • Fees:  no fee for self-deposit of data up to 2GB in OpenICPSR; fee for fully-curated deposit
  • Data Curation Services (yes/no):  none for OpenICPSR; full OIAS-based curation services for curated deposit.
  • Where Indexed:  DCIOADre3data
Mendeley Data  


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