Data Management Planning Repositories

Data Repositories

This is a select list of data repositories that researchers may wish to consult or include in a data management plan. The listed repositories accept data submissions from unaffiliated researchers. For more extensive coverage, is a comprehensive and searchable database of online data repositories.


General & Multidisciplinary Archaeology Chemistry
  • Cambridge Structural Database A repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures.
  • PubChem Project An open archive for the biological activities of substances, a part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Geography & Mapping
  • GeoCommons A community contributed collection of open data from around the world.
  • Geospatial Explore geospatial data and resources, including an interactive map of submerged land information, maps of air quality across the U.S., data on water resources, and more.
Marine Sciences Social Sciences
  • History Data Service A collection of digital resources that support historical research, learning and teaching.
  • ICPSR Public-use files with no access restrictions.
Earth Sciences
  • CHRONOS A cyberinfrastructure that offers open access to a global federation of Earth history databases, tools, and services
  • DataONE A community driven project providing access to data across multiple member repositories, supporting enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental data.
  • Digital Library for Earth System Education A free resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system.
  • GEON An open collaborative project that is developing cyberinfrastructure for integration of 3 and 4 dimensional earth science data.
  • Goddard Earth Sciences Data & Information Services Center An archive of Earth science data, information, and services.
  • GSA Data Repository An open file in which authors can place information that supplements and expands on their article.
  • Marine Geoscience Data System Tools and services for free public access to marine geoscience research data acquired throughout the global oceans and adjoining continental margins.
  • National Geoscience Data Centre (UK) A collection of geoscientific data and information available to a wide range of users and communities.
  • NCAR/UCAR Community Data Portal A collection of earth science datasets from NCAR, UCAR, UOP, and participating organizations.
  • PANGAEA Data publisher for Earth & Environmental Science.
  • RRUFF An integrated database of Raman spectra, X-ray diffraction and chemistry data for minerals.
Life Sciences
  • The Cell Image Library A public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.
  • Digital Morphology A dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens.
  • Dryad Digital Repository A general-purpose resource for a wide diversity of datatypes.
  • Ecological Archives An archive of articles that appear in the ESA journals (Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, Ecosphere, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability and Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America), as well as peer-reviewed data papers with abstracts published in the printed journals.
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank An archive about the 3D shapes of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that helps students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease.