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Data Repositories

Data repositories are often either institution- or discipline-specific.

Institutional Repository

IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship) collects, disseminates and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The About IDEALS wiki provides helpful information about how to contribute materials and about policies and guidelines for IDEALS, but here are some quick links to relevant pages:

Disciplinary Repositories is a registry of research data repositories.  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship published Kirlew's "Life Science Data Repositories in the Publications of Scientists and Librarians," which highlights 21 life sciences data repositories.  Dryad and NCBI are examples of disciplinary repositories.


Dryad is a repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences.  Dryad is governed by a consortium that promotes data archiving and ensures the repository's sustainability.  The site includes a Depositing Data to Dryad FAQ page that addresses all aspects of depositing data, such as data formats and embargoes.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

NCBI is a portal to numerous popular and well-established data repositories and tools for biotechnology research, such as GenBank (the NIH genetic sequence database).  The site includes a How To: Submit data to NCBI page.