You may have heard that some publishers offer data sharing support services, but how do they compare with the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM)? See the comparison table below.

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Choosing a Repository

When choosing a repository to share your data, attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Does your grant require a specific repository?
  • Is there a repository that specifically supports your discipline?
  • What are the repository’s policies for acceptance and withdraw?
  • Do services include persistent identifiers and multiple pathways for discovery?
  • What support do they offer in the curation process?

Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM)

DRUM serves all disciplines and contains works by University faculty, staff, students, and alumni - it is a well-rounded collection of research data produced by the UMN. It offers persistent URLs and DOIs for continuous access and citation purposes, and is free to all UMN affiliates. There are usage statistics available that help show impact. DRUM has been awarded the CoreTrust Seal of Approval, an international certification, and satisfies the sharing requirement for many funding agency policies.