Benefits of using a data repository
Unlike personal storage, a repository:
- Provides a persistent identifier (and url) and a citation for your data.
- Archives your data in a trusted place for long-term access.
- Provides a framework for you to describe your data using metadata standards.
- Provides access control, in case you need to restrict your data.
- It's compliant with funders and journals requirements.
Harvard-supported data repositories
- For sharing, citing, and preserving your research data across all fields
- Free of charge for Harvard researchers (see policies); Use HarvardKey to deposit data
- Contact for general assistance or data curation support: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harvard Business School faculty can obtain services for depositing data into the HBS Dataverse
- Harvard joined Vivli and other leading organizations as a founding member of Vivli, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to facilitate sharing of clinical trial data. Vivli includes an independent data repository, cloud-based analytics platform, and in-depth search engine through which data from clinical trials conducted by researchers in academic, industry, foundation, and non-profit entities can be hosted, shared and accessed.
Other repository options for Harvard researchers:
- Harvard Library's list of data repositories
- Astrophysics Data System (ADS) - indexes article citations and data citations from all multiple astronomy and astrophysics resources
- Harvard Medical School's comparison across general repositories and selected biomedical repositories
- Registry of Research Data Repositories (Re3Data), a registry of over 2000 repositories
- List of recommendations for domain-specific repositories by Springer-Naturer