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This guide presents best practices in research data management

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: 



  • Materials Data Facility (MDF)
    • "The production-ready data publication service offers a scalable repository where materials scientists can publish, preserve, and share research data."

Computer Engineering

  • GitHub
    • "We’re supporting a community where more than 40 million people learn, share, and work together to build software."
  • Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
    • "Data on the structure, dynamics, and usage patterns of operational Internet infrastructure, for parametrization and validation of scientific modeling and analysis efforts."
  • RunMyCode
    • "Enables scientists to openly share the code and data that underlie their research publications."
  • Bitbucket
  • SourceForge
    • "Find, create, and publish open source software for free."
  • 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

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Physics, astrophysics, and astronomy