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Research Data Services: Data Repositories

Information about how to organize, describe, preserve and share your research data

Archive & Share Your Data in a Repository

Depositing your data in an archive will facilitate its discovery and preservation.  While you can share your data informally by emailing it to requestors or posting it to a website, informal methods of sharing make it difficult for people to find your data and access it in the long-term.  OSU Libraries' Research Data Services Team can help you to select a data repository suitable to your needs.

Your Data Repository

ScholarsArchive@OSU – The repository established to capture, distribute, and preserve the digital products of OSU faculty and Students. ScholarsArchive@OSU is an option for making your data publicly available and ensuring long term access to it, depending upon the nature of the content and the size of the datasets.  See the Guidelines for Research Dataset Contributions in ScholarsArchive@OSU (coming soon) for more details, or contact us for assistance.

Social Sciences

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) – The world's largest archive of digital social science data. ICPSR staff can guide you in preparing your data for archiving and distribution. See their Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving and their page on Depositing Data.

Listings of Other Data Repositories

Note: Not all repositories necessarily take researcher-produced datasets where you can share your data. Moreover, not all repositories listed can ensure long-term preservation of your data; contact each one for more details.


(adapted from: MIT Libaries)