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Research Data Management

Resources for writing data management plans, preserving and sharing research data

Sharing Options

There are many ways that you can store and share your research data:

1. Subject Repository

Numerous discipline-specific data repositories have been developed to provide a platform for researchers to share their data and to locate data related to their field. The following resources can be used to locate an appropriate repository for your data.

  • Open Access Directory's list of data repositories
  • University of Minnesota's list of popular subject repositories
  • CalPoly's list of data repositories by subject
  • ICPSR: The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data. If you are interested in depositing your data with ICPSR, contact Chris Brown (303-871-3404) for assistance.
  • figshare: A free, interdisciplinary repository; good for small to medium amounts of data and for those with no subject or institutional repository

2. Digital Commons @ DU

If you cannot find an appropriate subject repository for your data, datasets may be made available using our institutional repository called Digital Commons @ DU. In order to be deposited into Digital Commons @ DU, the dataset must be:

  • Open Access - Digital Commons @ DU does not provide an authentication mechanism; if you deposit your dataset here, it will be freely available to everyone.
  • The final version of the dataset - If you choose to make your dataset available here, it needs to be the final version.

  • Contact if you are interested in learning more about Digital Commons @ DU.

3. Project or Institutional Website

Many researchers choose to design a project-based website to share their research data or to add it to an existing website.

4. Data Papers and Data Journals

Datasets are increasingly being treated as stand-alone publications. A data paper typically does not provide analysis or interpretation of the data, but does provide an opportunity to give more information about the dataset than is typically available in a data repository. Some journals have separate data sections for datasets, but there are an increasing number of data journals dedicated solely to publishing datasets. Oregon State provides more information on data papers and journals; this noncomprehnsive list of data journals is a good starting point. 

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