Find a data repository
Repositories can help you:
- manage your data
- cite your data by supplying a persistent identifier
- facilitate discovery of your data
- preserve your data for the long-run
Data repositories sponsored by MIT
DSpace@MIT – The repository established to capture, distribute, and preserve the digital products of MIT faculty and researchers. DSpace@MIT is an option for making your data publicly available and ensuring long term access to it, depending upon the nature of the content and the size of the datasets. See Guidelines for research dataset contributions in DSpace@MIT for more details.
Harvard Dataverse Network (DVN), supported by the Harvard-MIT Data Center/IQSS – MIT-produced data can be distributed to users through personalized data collections in various formats and subsets, and also can be explored using online data analysis.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) – The world’s largest archive of digital social science data. ICPSR staff can guide you in preparing your data for archiving and distribution. See their Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving and their page on Depositing Data.
Other data repositories
The Registry of Research Data Repositories provides a search tool to help find an appropriate repository for your data. In addition, the Libraries’ Research Data Management Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) can help you to select a data repository suitable to your needs. Not all of these respositories take researcher-produced datasets or ensure long-term preservation of your data, so contact them for more details. Want a tool for comparing features of different data repositories in detail? Try our data repository comparison template (.rtf file).
Using data from a repository?
Cite the data to give credit to the data producer, enable others to use the data, and meet journal requirements.