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Research Data Management: Selecting a Data Repository

Guide of resources related to the many aspects of research data management. Data management encompasses the processes surrounding collecting, organizing, describing, sharing, and preserving data.

Choosing a Data Repository

UW has a membership with the generalist data repository Dryad. Use our guide to see if Dryad is the right place for you to deposit your data.

There are three different types of repositories where UW researchers can deposit articles (and other written output) and data for sharing at no cost (membership fees are covered by UW Libraries). For data, many disciplines have preferred discipline-specific repositories. If your discipline does not have a preferred repository, there are also institutional and general repositories that take data from all fields. Below you will find links to resources to help you find the right repository for your data.

UW Libraries provides access to three repositories for use by UW researchers at no cost:

  • ResearchWorks, our institutional repository (typically used for papers, white papers, preprints, OA versions of articles, etc.)
  • Dryad, used to deposit and share data in a public, open access repository
  • Qualitative Data Repository, used to share qualitative data that may have access restrictions associated with sharing.

List of Data Repositories by Category

Discipline-specific Repositories

General Repositories

Institutional Repositories

Data Publishing

Help from the UW Libraries

The UW Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Publishing Group (SCP) can help with questions or consultations regarding sharing and publishing your research data, including:

  • Strategies and workflows for all stages of the research data lifecycle;
  • Finding and acquiring data;
  • Locating UW campus departmental resources;
  • Digital publishing options; 
  • Open data and research impact

And much more. You can contact the SCP department at