Depositing your data in an archive or repository will facilitate its discovery and preservation, and facilitate proper citation. Informal methods of providing your data, such as emailing it to a colleague or posting a file on a website, are not the same as sharing your data in a way that makes it easy for other researchers to find your data.
Repositories are maintained by many academic discipline communities, by funding agencies to provide access to funded research, and by academic institutions to protect community member research. Many repositories assign data identifies to your data (e.g., DOI, PURL, Handle.Net, etc.).
Image: By Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014) [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If you are looking for a repository to archive and share your data or looking for archived data to reuse, the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org) and the Data Repository listing on the Open Access Directory Wiki are two excellent places to start.
Note: Not all repositories can ensure long-term preservation of your data; always contact the repository for details before submitting your data.
|Field/Discipline||Example of data archive or repository|
|Earth Sciences||British Atmospheric Data Centre (UK)|
|Earth Sciences||NCAR/UCAR Community Data Portal|
|Life Sciences||Protein Data Bank|