Tips for selecting a repository
Data in a repository should be:
- Persistent (not likely to be modified)
- Does the repository offer a DOI for persistent access?
- Searchable and browsable
- Retrieved or downloaded easily
- What levels of curation are available? (digital preservation methods, reusability formats)
- Are there analytics available so you can track downloads, etc.?
- Does the repository allow submitter to apply a creative commons license to the data?
There are a wide variety of institution-based and discipline-specific repositories
Repository selection should include:
- Appropriate for the type of data you generate
- Appropriate for the audience of the repository
- Open access
- To maximize data discovery when possible deposit in both a discipline-specific and institutional repositories
- Check funding model of repository to assess feasibility of extended existence
- Is use of a specific repository required? (grant-funded)