Storing and sharing data in repositories

There is a difference between storing data and sharing data:

  • Safe and sustainable storage is preferably done through multiple copies and in environments where regular back-ups and safety checks occur. See Data storage via central infrastructure.
  • In order to share data it helps if you store your data where other researchers can access it, e.g. in a public repository. If you take care that your dataset is assigned a persistent identifier, others can simply and correctly refer to the (correct version of) your data.

While personal or lab websites, Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs), wikis, and similar tools may be sufficient for short term sharing, they are usually not great choices for the long term. The best solution will ensure that data is discoverable, accessible, and preserved over the long term.

Ghent University researchers looking for a suitable solution to store and share their datasets can turn to (trusted) data repositories.

Looking for a suitable repository for your data

  • Always use 'trusted' repositories (i.e. underwent certification process). For an overview of such repositories consult the list. These repositories are marked Trusted Repository Icon. The other icons indicate other functionalities (eg. open access, DOI) and are explained via FAQ:
  • Preferably use a trusted repository which is specific to your field of research. Use the search button in
  • If your search does not yield any results, deposit your data in a generic, trusted repository such as:
    • Easy (externe link) (DANS)
    • 3TU.Datacentrum
    • Zenodo, Dryad and Figshare are well known but lack the certification as a 'trusted' repository. Moreover, they are better suited for data sharing than for data deposit.

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