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Data Repositories

How to select a data repository for your research needs.

Introduction to the Guide

To encourage data sharing and to support the FAIR principles for making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable, a growing number of study sponsors (such as the National Institutes of Health) and peer-reviewed journals strongly recommend depositing data into open repositories. This guide will help you identity the right options for your needs, whether you are looking to deposit data or searching for datasets to reuse.

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Links to Repositories and Resources


  • FAIRsharing
    FAIRsharing is a community of data science experts that maintains a registry of databases, data portals, and repositories. 
  • NIH-Supported Data Repositories
    Various institutes and centers in the NIH maintain domain-specific data repositories. This table of repositories can be filtered and sorted to identify relevant repositories.
  • NIH List of Generalist Data Repositories
    'Generalist' repositories support the storage of data across multiple disciplines, data types, and formats. The NIH has provided a non-exhaustive list of generalist data repositories.
  • Registry of Research Data Repositories
    The Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data) is a curated directory of data repositories across multiple disciplines and supported by various international organizations.

NYU-Associated Repositories

  • Databrary
    Databrary, a joint project of Penn State and NYU, is a video data library catered to the needs of behavioral scientists.
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
    The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a longstanding data repository for the social sciences. Researchers at NYULH can acquire membership-level access to the repository if they sign up with their NYULH email while on campus or using a remote NYULH desktop.
  • NYU Faculty Data Archive
    The Faculty Data Archive (FDA) is available to NYULH researchers who have a NYU NetID. Users must log in with their NetID to upload and access the full repository.
  • NYU Spatial Data Repository
    The Spatial Data Repository (SDR) is a collection of geospatial and geographic resources that is curated by NYU Libraries.
  • Open Science Framework
    The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an online project management platform that can also be used to share data. In order to connect to the NYU OSF portal to deposit files, researchers must have a NYU NetID.