The graphic below will guide you through choosing a data repository. All information in the graphic along with further details are available further down this page.
Some funding agencies or publishers will require you to use a specific repository for your research data. Some of these repositories are integrated with publisher workflows, are supported by the funding agencies themselves, or are simply the preferred repository for research in your domain.
How do you know if there is a repository you are required to use?
The FAIRSharing website allows you to search for policies from international funding agencies, regulators, journals, and other organizations.
If your publisher or funder does not require you to use a specific repository, the next option is to look for a repository that is tailored to the type of data that you have.
Look for repositories that are:
Search re3data.org, a global registry of research data repositories, to find a domain-specific repository suitable for your needs.
The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), Stanford's institutional repository or IR, is an excellent choice for Stanford researchers who are not required to use another repository and for whom there is no appropriate domain-specific repository.
Depositing your work in the SDR ensures that your work is preserved into the future for long-term discovery and access. We'll assign it a persistent URL (PURL), and a DOI if you wish, and make it easy for other researchers to find, cite, and reuse.
The SDR is intended for use by Stanford researchers only. A valid SUNet ID is required to access our online deposit application.
For those who wish to designate the SDR as your repository in a data management plan, we are providing the following text describing the service and how your data will be safeguarded and made accessible. We recommend you copy and paste this text directly into your data management plan's section on data preservation.
"Data will be preserved and made publicly available via the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), a service built and run by Stanford Libraries. Datasets and other content in any format can be deposited into the SDR and made available immediately to the world via open access licenses and at no cost to the end user. Depositors can choose to have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned to their dataset, which is available at a persistent URL along with the required metadata describing the content. ORCID iDs may be included for every author. Datasets are replicated multiple times and stored in geo-diverse locations on different media types, providing long-term data management and data integrity. The stable technical infrastructure and dedicated staffing by digital preservation experts, funded by the University, ensures the long-term availability of the datasets."
Note that this language is available within the Data Management Planning Tool, if you opt to use that method for writing your data management plan.
If none of the options above are appropriate for your data, a generalist repository may be right for you. Generalist repositories like Dryad, Figshare, and Zenodo tend to accept any kind of data from any discipline. Be sure to check for size limits, licensing options, fees for larger deposits and other policies or features important to you.
Stanford's Lane Library provides free access to Dryad for all members of the Stanford community.