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Research Data Management

General information on research data management at the University of Calgary

Data Repositories

PRISM Dataverse: The University of Calgary's Data Repository

Any UofC faculty member, staff or student may submit data files of up to 2.5GB each to our institutional Data Repository. If your files are larger, consider a compressed format such as .zip or .tar.

Instructions for depositing in PRISM Dataverse.

Everything else you need to know about PRISM Dataverse

Can I use PRISM Dataverse to store data during a project, or to store sensitive data?

Disciplinary Repositories

You may find that a disciplinary repository designed with your discipline's specific data needs is a better fit for your data. 

Directories of disciplinary repositories A selection of popular disciplinary repositories
  • a comprehensive listing of disciplinary and institutional repositories to host and share research data. Use the Repository Finder tool to do a more focused search for an appropriate repository.
  • CoreTrustSeal List of Certified Repositories: a list of repositories that been certified by CoreTrustSeal or a similar organization. Certification indicates that a repository meets certain criteria for trustworthiness and long-term sustainability.

    Most repositories are not certified, so while certification is an indicator of quality, the lack of it does not necessarily indicate that a repository should not be used.
  • Nature Scientific Data - Recommended Data Repositories
  • Dryad - frequently used for scientific and medical publications                         
  • ICPSR - a repository commonly used for social sciences data
  • Figshare - a general purpose repository often used in partnership w/ PLOS publications.
  • NCBI Gene - repository for genetic information, managed by the United States' National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • OMERO for Scientists - for microscopy data
  • Open Science Framework - OSF offers researchers an active data and project management platform, as well as a repository for data sharing. The service is free of charge.
  • PANGAEA - data from earth and life sciences.
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank - data repository for the 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids.
  • SIMBAD (Set of Identification Measurements, and Biliography for Astronomical Data) - observational data on astronomical objects that are located outside our solar system.
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) - covers data and publications in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Physics.
  • Zenodo - a repository associated with CERN that is open to research outputs from all fields of science.

A repository should follow the FAIR Principles: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.                            

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