Repositories for scientific data

Scientific data can be stored in various field repositories, e.g. Czech Social Science Data Archive, Lindat / Clarin repositories, in institutional repositories e.g. ASEP (Czech Academy of Sciences), or general repositories, where it is possible to enter scientific data regardless of the field focus, e.g. Zenodo, Dryad.

Zenodo is a general-purpose open repository developed under the OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows depositing research papers, datasets, research software, reports, and any other research-related digital artefacts. Zenodo is compliant with the data management requirements of Horizon Europe, the ERC and other EU research and innovation funding programmes.

When looking for a suitable repository for scientific data, it is advisable to find out what services it provides when publishing data. For example, whether:

  • It provides open access
  • It is legalized or certified
  • It assigns a persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)
  • It allows you to have an introductory page with metadata,
  • It indicates under what conditions the data can be used - granting a license
  • It allows versioning, etc.

To find a suitable repository for storing and publishing scientific data, you can use the international register of data repositories: For the record of each repository, you can find a series of pictograms that inform about the provided repository options (open access, DOI identifier, etc).

Data journals

Journals that usually publish articles describing a longer dataset that is stored in a repository. To draw attention to the possibility of using a freely available dataset, its scope, quality and potential.

Journals deal with valuable metadata datasets, easy search and citation options. They can use various alternative review options. Journals can be purely data-based or combined and are mostly various fields -oriented. E.g. Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ), International Journal of Epidemiology, Geoscience Data Journal. More examples here.

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