Sharing Data and Finding the Right Repository

Several funders and publishers require data be made publically accessible. Apart from these requirements researchers may choose to make all or part of their data widely available.

If you are required to share your data as part of funding agreement, please visit the Public Access Mandates Webpage.

Columbia University Guidance on Retention of Research Data states Principal Investigators are responsible for identifying, collecting, managing, and retaining Research Data as custodian for the University.

There are a number of ways to maintain and share your data in order to make it available to the scholarly community and the broader public. Check out the links and resources below to find more information about managing and sharing data, and to find a repository that is right for you and your research.

Below is a list of options for the storage, sharing and transfer of digital research data that is available to Columbia researchers. This table is maintained by the ReaDI Program. For more detail regarding the resources listed in the table below, please download the PDF.

Research Data Options

Last updated 9/29/2022

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the above table including descriptions of the services offered.

All systems located at Columbia University’s Morningside Heights or Manhattanville Campus that process, transmit and/or store Sensitive Data must be registered with the CU Information Security Office. All Systems located at CUMC (“CUMC Systems”) must be registered with the CUMC Information Security Office. See Data Security webpage for more information.

See RSAM User Guide for Registering your Device

Browse through this listing of NIH-supported repositories to learn more about some places to share scientific data. Note that this list is not exhaustive. Select the link provided in the “Data Submission Policy” column to find data submission instructions for each repository. 

The table lists NIH-supported domain-specific data repositories that make data accessible for reuse and are open for both submitting and accessing data. This non-exhaustive list is also available in a downloadable Excel version.


NIH does not recommend a specific generalist repository and the list below, which is not exhaustive, is provided as a guide for locating generalist repositories. Investigators may also have access to an institutional repository that would be suitable for sharing data and may consider contacting their institution’s.

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