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Research Data Management

General information on research data management at the University of Calgary

Canadian Data Repositories

PRISM Data: The University of Calgary's Data Repository

Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) - A national repository for larger datasets, managed by the Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Other Data Repositories

Data repositories can generally be broken into two types: generalist, which house data from any field, and discipline-specific, which house data from specific academic fields or disciplines. You may find that a disciplinary repository designed with your discipline's specific data needs in mind is a better fit for your data. Whatever repository you choose, it should follow the FAIR Principles: i.e., it should help to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. 

Data Repositories Table
Directories of repositories Some generalist repositories Some disciplinary repositories
  • a comprehensive listing of generalist, disciplinary and institutional repositories to host and share research data. Use the Repository Finder tool to do a more focused search for an appropriate repository.
  • CoreTrustSeal List of Certified Repositories: a list of repositories that been certified by CoreTrustSeal or a similar organization. Certification indicates that a repository meets certain criteria for trustworthiness and long-term sustainability.

    Note that most repositories are not certified, so while certification is an indicator of quality according to the CoreTrustSeal standards, the lack of it does not necessarily indicate that a repository should not be used.
  • Nature Scientific Data - Recommended Data Repositories
  • Dryad: a generalist repository, most frequently used for scientific and medical publications.
  • Figshare: a general purpose repository often used in partnership with PLOS publications.
  • Mendeley Data: a generalist repository provided by the academic publisher Elsevier
  • Open Science Framework: OSF offers researchers an active data and project management platform, as well as a repository for data sharing.
  • Zenodo: a repository associated with CERN that is open to research outputs from all fields of science.
  • ICPSR: a repository commonly used for social sciences data.
  • NCBI Gene: a repository for genetic information, managed by the United States' National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • OMERO for Scientists: for microscopy data.
  • PANGAEA: data from earth and life sciences.
  • Polar Data Catalogue: the Arctic and Antarctic metadata and data repository for Canada.
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank: data repository for the 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids.
  • SIMBAD (Set of Identification Measurements, and Bibliography for Astronomical Data): observational data on astronomical objects that are located outside our solar system.
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS): covers data and publications in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics.
  • Vivli: a clinical research data sharing platform.