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Data Management Toolkit @ UNH

This toolkit provides information to help researchers develop data management plans and effectively manage their research data.

Sharing data

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 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Finding data repositories

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 ( 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. logo.  Links to the registry of research data repositories.                                         Open Access Directory logo.  Links to the Data Repository listing in the Open Access Directory Wiki. Data Repository Listing

Examples of field/discipline-specific data repositories
Field/Discipline Example of data archive or repository
Earth Sciences British Atmospheric Data Centre (UK)
Earth Sciences NCAR/UCAR Community Data Portal
Life Sciences Dryad
Life Sciences Protein Data Bank
Sciences (General) figshare
Social Sciences ICPSR


Journal requirements for data sharing

Some journals such as Nature, Science, and PLoS ONE require authors to make all supporting data available to readers.  Check journal policies and author guidelines prior to submitting your article to any journal for publication.