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SOM NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Choosing a Repository

Selecting a Repository Decision Tree

This flowchart was inspired by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory LibGuides

Characteristics of Data Repositories

The following are characteristics identified by the BioMedical Informatics Coordinating Committee (BMIC) as being desirable characteristics of data repositories:

  • Persistent unique identifiers
  • Long-term sustainability
  • Metadata
  • Curation & quality assurance
  • Maximally open access
  • Tracking data re-use
  • Free of charge
  • Secure
  • Common format
  • Provenance

Additional considerations for repositories involving human data:

  • Fidelity to consent
  • Restricted use compliant
  • Privacy
  • Plan for breach
  • Download audit and control
  • Clear use guidance
  • Retention guidance
  • Plan for use violations
  • Request review

Source: Huerta MF. Strategic Approaches to Data Science & Open Science: Research Data Management. Presented at: Research Data Management Symposium; 2019 Dec 5; New York, NY.

Finding a Domain Specific Repository

There are many domain- or field-specific repositories to choose from. These links are some directories to help narrow your search.


If you need help with data management, choosing a data repository, or writing a DMSP, please contact:

Lena Bohman, Data Services and Research Impact Librarian,

Generalist Repositories

While NIH encourages the use of domain-specific repositories where possible, such repositories are not available for all datasets. The following repositories are affiliated with NIH.

Hofstra University

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