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The Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at Georgetown University Medical Center

Research Data Management

Best practices and tools for managing your research data.

Evaluating Repositories

A simple and effective way to make your data accessible is to store it in a repository. A repository is a storage facility (sometimes also a storage and curation facility) where users can upload and download their data, make it accessible and discoverable, all in an effort to fulfill grant requirements and/or support the free sharing of scientific knowledge. 

There are some things to keep in mind when selecting a repository. Data in a repository should be:

  • Persistent (not likely to be modified)
  • Searchable and browsable 
  • Retrieved or downloaded easily
  • Cited

A wide variety of institution-based and discipline-specific repositories exist for digital data. The repository itself should be: 

  • Appropriate for the type of data you generate
  • Appropriate for the audience of the repository (so they will make use of your data!)
  • Open access

If both a discipline-specific repository and an institution-based one exist for your data, then consider depositing in both locations to maximize discovery and safety of the data. 

Multidisciplinary Repositories