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Comparison of Generalist Repositories

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* if the journal in which you publish subscribes to Dryad

** + 20Gb private work space via Amazon Web Services

*** Collaborative project management tool

To find other repositories, search the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data). Use the filters at the left (ex.: Subjects, Keywords) to select them.

Basic Criteria for Choosing a Repository

If possible, it is recommended that you host your data in more than one repository. To start:

  1. Check whether your granting agency suggests or imposes certain repositories;
  2. Check if the journal that published the article based on the data recommends some repositories;
  3. Look into disciplinary repositories;
  4. If there's no disciplinary repository, consider the multidisciplinary ones;
  5. Do not forget to find out whether Polytechnique or the commercial partner participating in the research have any specific requirements regarding your data (licenses);
  6. Consult the table above and choose at least one repository that provides the functionalities you need.

Decide on the repository as soon as possible, ideally before starting data collection.

Generalist and Domain-specific Repositories Recommended by Important Publishers

Domain-Specific Repositories

Here is a list of some recognized repositories in their respective fields: 


  • Open Energy Information (OpenEI)
    • "Centralized repository of high-value energy research datasets aggregated from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Programs, Offices, and National Laboratories."
  • Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
    • "Public data resulting from federally funded research conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers and analysts."


Computer and Software Engineering

  • GitHub
    • "Millions of developers and companies build, ship, and maintain their software on GitHub—the largest and most advanced development platform in the world."
  • Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
    • "Conducts network research and builds research infrastructure to support large-scale data collection, curation, and data distribution to the scientific research community."
  • RunMyCode
    • "Enables scientists to openly share the code and data that underlie their research publications."
  • Bitbucket
    • "More than just Git code management. Bitbucket gives teams one place to plan projects, collaborate on code, test, and deploy."
  • SourceForge
    • "Open Source software community resource dedicated to helping open source projects be as successful as possible."
  • LaunchPad
    • "Helps people to work together by making it easy to share code, bug reports, translations, and ideas."
  • Other repositories

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Health Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences - Big data

  • GigaDB
    • "Data repository supporting scientific publications in the Life/Biomedical Sciences domain."

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Physics, astrophysics, and astronomy

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