Respositories aim on the permanent storage of data, respectively archiving, and partially include the publication of data. In general, a distinction is made between institutional, domain-specific and so-called generic data repositories. The types of digital objects which can be stored include text documents, audio data, software, results of experiments or measurements, survey data or, in a broader sense, research data of some special formats.

The portal provides a good starting point and comprehensive search and filter functions to find a repository for your research data.

Digital Library of Thuringia (DBT)

The institution of a university-wide, interdisciplinary repository DBT for research data at the University of Jena is still in its pilot stage. This offer is intended for scientists who wish to archive their research data after their project has ended and cannot, or prefer not, to do so in repositories specific to their scientific field.

The following criteria should be considered when making this choice:

  • The long-term availability of the repository (if applicable through certifications) 
  • The assignment of persistent identifiers (e.g. DOI, URN)
  • The licenses and rights of use for the data

Generally we would advise to publish research data in repositories specific to your field. These ordinarily possess more features (e.g. particular search functions) and support your community's data standards.

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