Depositing your data

Where should my data go? If your discipline or journal requires deposit into a repository, consider how several key factors (adapted from NCSU). If you do not have a displinary data repository or if the repository does not meet these criteria, consider depositing your data to the Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM is available to U of M researchers).

Factors to Consider Ask

Cost to access

Are there costs associated with accessing your data or registration requiremennts for user access?
Certified Is the repository certified by external organizations such as CoreTrustSeal or meet the ISO standard for Trustworth Repositories (TRAC)
Format Can your data be uploaded in a format useful to others in your discipline (and other disciplines)?
Preservation Are preservation actions being taken by the repository to maintain the integrity of your research data (e.g., steps to maintain file integrity, keeping multiple copies, etc.)?
Persistance Can the data be cited and found in a unique and persistent way (e.g., with a data citation and digital object identifier—DOI)?
Longevity How long are your data to be retained in the repository? Is this repository grant funded, how long will they be funded?
Curation Is there support provided for data documentation and/or data deposit?
Rights Are your rights as data depositor clear? Are the rights and licenses under which your data can be accessed and used clear? (e.g., through Terms of Use)


Search Data Repositories (formerly DataBib) is a tool that searches across hundreds of data repositories available for data deposit. This vetted source helps answers questions such as who can deposit and access the data.

Popular Data Repositories

A selection (not intended to be comprehensive) of publicly accessible data repositories categorized by subject.

Agricultural Sciences

  • EarthStat - hosts global agricultural data for 175 crops, globally, among other data sets. This is the product of a collaboration between the U of MN's Institute on the Environment and McGill University.
  • USDA Economic Research Service Data Sets - wide range of data from food safety to farm economy.


  • Digital Archaeological Record - tDAR is an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, and scholarship. tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying.
  • Open Context - Use Open Context to discover, reference, and publish primary data and documentation collected in archaeology and other field sciences by professional researchers.


Biological and Life Sciences

  • DigiMorph - Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on 3D scans, animations, and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens.
  • PLEXdb - Gene expression data for plants and plant pathogens. It contains smaller databases for specific plants (e.g., BarleyBase) as well as a variety of related tools.
  • Protein DataBank - Experimentally determined structures for macromolecules (protein and nucleic acids). The site includes search and visualization tools
  • The Cell: An Image Library - Images of all cell types from all organisms, including intracellular structures and movies or animations demonstrating functions. This project relies upon the cell biology community to populate the library.
  • UniProt - Access protein sequences and functional information.


  • Cambridge Structural Database - small molecule crystal structures
  • eCrystals - x-ray crystallographic data
  • PubChem - NCBI's repository of bioactivy/bioassay data and information for "small" molecules (i.e. not macromolecular). Both text-based and structure-based search tools are provided

Computer Science and Source Code

Earth, Environmental and Geosciences


  • Dryad - Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in a wide range of journals. See their data submission page for instructions.
  • Zenodo - A non-profit and free cloud-based service based on CERN's data repository platform.


GIS and Geography

Health and Medical Sciences


Social Sciences

  • ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research is a non-profit, membership-based data archive located at the University of Michigan. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UM-TC) membership allows students, staff, and faculty to access ICPSR data files and documentation for the purpose of academic research. The data available through ICPSR are raw, unanalyzed data which require statistical analysis. Individuals who are prepared to analyze raw data can download data themselves from the ICPSR web site. All other users should contact the Data Services Librarian for assistance.
  • Social Sciences Data - Library finding aid at the University of Minnesota